"STOCKTON, a small straggling village, 4½ miles S.S.E. of Loddon, has in its parish 129 inhabitants, and 1023A. of land, mostly the property of John Kerrich, Esqr., the lord of the manor of Stockton-with-the-Soke, which comprises most of this parish and those of Geldeston, Gillingham, Ellingham, and Kirby-Cane. It was held by the Crown in the reign of Elizabeth, but was let in fee farm. A court baron and leet was then kept on St. Margaret's day, . . . The tenants were exempt from serving on juries at assizes or sessions, and had common-right on Mickle-fen, now enclosed. The CHURCH (St. Michael,) is a small antique fabric, . . . The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8, and in 1831 at £280. It is in the gift of the Duke of Norfolk, and incumbency of the Rev. John Coldham, for whom the Rev. E.J. Jones, of Geldeston, officiates. The glebe is 32A. The Town Estate, which has been held from an early period, for the benefit of the parish, at the discretion of the chief inhabitants, comprises two cottages and upwards of 48A. of land, let for £65 a year, which is applied in the repairs of the church, and the relief of the poor. . . . Carr's Marshes, an extensive tract of low swampy lands, in Stockton and Toftmonks, . . . are now well cultivated." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



Church of St Michael and All Angels
Transcriptions of gravestones in the churchyard.
Pronk, Simon E.
Stockton's Stone Charters, a survey of the epitaphs in the churchyard of St Michael's Church at Stockton in the county of Norfolk.
[Stockton, Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1976]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, 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 Michael and All Angels.

Church History


Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Carthew, George Alfred
Stockton Churchwardens Accounts, 1625-1712.
Extracts from a town book of the parish of Stockton, in Norfolk, containing the churchwardens' (and other) accounts.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology, vol.1, 1847]

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), Stockton was in Loddon and Clavering Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Stockton is in Clavering Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM388940 (Lat/Lon: 52.491979, 1.515768), Stockton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



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 14 16 111
1811 15 20 108
1821 17 21   92
1831 17 22 110
1841 26 -- 129
1851 29 -- 143
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 27 -- 129
1871 27 29 130
1881 27 29 116
1891 30 32 130
1901 30 30 128
1911 -- 31 136

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.