Stoke Holy Cross


"STOKE-HOLY-CROSS, on the east side of the river Tas, nearly 5 miles S. of Norwich, has in its parish 453 souls, and 1,603 acres of land. Sir R.J. Harvey, H. Birkbeck, Esq., and R.K. Long, Esq., own most of the soil. The Dean and Chapter of Norwich are appropriators of the great tithes, (leased to Sir R.J. Harvey,) and patrons of the vicarage, which was valued in 1831 at £162, and is now enjoyed by the Rev. John Bailey, M.A., for whom a handsome new Parsonage-house has recently been erected. The CHURCH stands on an eminence, . . . Here is a Baptist Chapel, built by Messrs. J. and J. Colman, who also support an Infant School. Here are also two church schools.  . . .  Petty Sessions are held at the Rummer Inn" [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


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 the Holy Trinity.

Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

Stoke Holy Cross is in Henstead Hundred.

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

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



Ranson, Michael
Stoke Holy Cross, a history.
Smith, Arthur Carlton
Tapestry of Stoke.
[Norwich, Printed by W.H. Hutchins & Sons, 1977]

Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG235016 (Lat/Lon: 52.566438, 1.296042), Stoke Holy Cross which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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 46 49 224
1811 48 50 228
1821 55 55 303
1831 66 68 350
1841 86 -- 453
1851 89 -- 451
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 96 -- 446
1871 86 90 421
1881 87 88 414
1891 84 84 394
1901 95 95 400
1911 -- 95 424

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.

1901: Including Upper Stoke.



Stoke Holy Cross School
Gleanings from the log book, 1876-1976.
[Stoke Holy Cross, The School, 1976]