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"STARSTON, 2 miles N. by W. of Harleston, has in its parish 432 souls, and 2167 acres of land, belonging to a number of freeholds, subject to small quit rents, payable to the Duke of Norfolk, the lord of the manor. Archdeacon Oldershaw, T.L. Taylor, Esq., Mr. C. Etheridge, and some others have neat houses here. The Church (St. Margaret,) has a square tower and five bells. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £15, and in 1831 at £637, has 45 acres of glebe. The Rev. W.P. Spencer, M.A., is the incumbent, and the patronage is in certain Trustees (Earl of Suffolk and others,) who must present a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. The Poor's Land is about 2 acres. The poor have also the interest of £70. 10s., and a yearly rent of 20s. The latter was left by Mary Snelling, in 1687. A School has lately been built by subscription." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

See also Sturston.



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret.

Church History

Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
Description, pictures, services, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Description, picture, services, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Picture of the church.
Arrowsmith, Thomas
Daybook of Thomas Arrowsmith, Rector of Starston 1726-1728.
Phipson, Richard M.
Notes on Starston Church.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology" vol.7, 1872]
Waller, J.G.
Mural Paintings in Starston Church, Norfolk.
[Notes and Queries, 1871]

Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages, Starston, 1561-1753.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Marriages and Burials.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1747, 1753, and 1779.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
1688-1689, 1729-1730, 1755-1758, and 1773-1783.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Starston was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Riches, Roy
My Village of Starston.
[ISBN 0950188107, 1969]
This is a link to an archived copy.
Riches, Roy
Oddments - An account of happenings in the Waveney Valley area
This is a link to an archived copy.
Riches, Roy
A life in Starston: memories 1909-1980.
This is a link to an archived copy.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Starston is in Earsham Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Earsham Hundred
Description of Earsham Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Starston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Hopper, E.C.
Some Account of the Parish of Starston, Norfolk, compiled chiefly from the Ancient Registers by the Rector.
[Agas H. Goose, 1888]
[Facsimile reproduction on CD, 2008?]

Land and Property

1761: Land usage
Farmers, crops and acreages.
1801: Beating the bounds of the parish
Names of the people who took part.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • After 1834 Starston became part of Depwade Union, and the workhouse was at Pulham Market (Pulham St Mary Magdalen).
  • Overseers' Rates
    Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
    1747, 1761, 1801, and 1815.
  • Overseers' Payments, or Disbursements
    Weekly payments to the poor, payments in sickness, payments to tradesmen, etc.
    1779, 1804-1806, and 1806-1807.


These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801 51 77 417
1811 52 69 418
1821 56 82 437
1831 82 89 449
1841 91 -- 482
1851 92 -- 485
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 103   -- 481
1871 103 103 492
1881 111 111 510
1891 116 116 516
1901 111 111 493
1911   -- 106 444