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"STURSTON parish, on the river Wissey, 5½ miles S.W. by S. of Watton, has only 75 inhabitants and 2000 acres of sandy land, in two farms, belonging to Lord Walsingham. About 800A. form a prolific rabbit warren and sheep walk. The Church (Holy Cross) has long been in ruins. The sinecure curacy, valued at £28, is in the gift of Lord Walsingham and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Pearse, M.A., of Hanwell. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1864) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

See also Starston.



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church was dedicated to the Holy Cross, but it was in ruins before 1845.

Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.
The Parish Registers of Norfolk: Stanford with Sturston 1699-1837, transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, monograph series no.22, 1987]
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), Sturston was in Thetford Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Sturston is in Grimshoe Hundred.

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

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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 4 5 28
1811 6 6 36
1821 7 7 42
1831 4 6 49
1841 8 -- 47
1851 9 -- 62
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 10 -- 75
1871 11 13 58
1881 12 12 66
1891 14 14 78
1901 11 11 56
1911 -- 11 52

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.