Stow Bedon


"STOW-BEDON, on a small rivulet, 6 miles S.E. by S. of Watton, is a parish of dispersed houses, with 300 inhabitants, and 1637 acres of land. T.T. Gurdon, Esq., is lord of the manor, and owner of most of the soil. The Church (St. Bartolph) is a small edifice, . . . The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4.19s.4d., and in 1831 at £295. It was augmented, in 1714, with £200, given by Mr. James Smith, and 1718, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty. The glebe is 10 acres. C. Eade, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Peter Eade, incumbent. The Fuel Allotment, 30 acres of steril [sic] land, was awarded at the enclosure, in 1814, and is let for £12." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]


See also Stow Bardolph.


Church Directories

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

Church History

Church of St Botolph
Description and picture.

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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), Stow Bedon was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

Stow Bedon is in Wayland Hundred.

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

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



Stow Bedon History Group
The Parish of Stow Bedon, Breckles and Lower Stow Bedon.

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Stow Bedon Inclosure Act, 1813.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Stow Bedon, in the county of Norfolk.
[George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1813]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL955962 (Lat/Lon: 52.528755, 0.880793), Stow Bedon which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law