"SURLINGHAM, 5 miles E. by S. of Norwich, is a pleasant village on the southern acclivities of the vale of the Yare, comprising in its parish 446 inhabitants, and 1,767A. of land, exclusive of 100A. of broads, (water) and lying chiefly in the manors of Surlingham and Earlham, (fines arbitrary). C.E. Tuck, Esq., is lord of the former, and Robt. Fellowes, Esq., of the latter; but a great part of the soil belongs to other proprietors, several of whom are resident, in neat houses. Here were formerly two CHURCHES, St. Mary and St. Saviour; but the latter is in ruins, - being dilapidated several centuries ago. The former is a small edifice, . . . Both were appropriated to the nuns of Carrow Abbey. The vicarage of St. Mary, and the curacy of St. Saviour, are consolidated, and valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d., and in 1831 at £100; in the presentation of the Bishop of Norwich, and incumbency of the Rev. John Scott. The Rev. Wm. Collett is appropriator of the great tithes and 36A. of glebe. The great and small tithes were commuted in 1845 for £410 per annum. " [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 St Mary.
    There was also a church dedicated to St Saviour.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Eleven Churches, a Guide to the Bramerton Group, Norfolk.
See Hellington
St Mary's Church Surlingham: a brief guide (with short notes about the village and ruins of St Saviour's).
[Surlingham, The Church, 1997]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), Surlingham was in Henstead Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Surlingham Village
Description, history, parish council, pictures, etc.
Points, Jack
Surlingham: A South Rivers Village.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Surlingham 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 Surlingham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Land and Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
The Ferry House, Surlingham: a history.
Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
The History of the Manor of Surlingham Earlhams cum Little Breech in Rockland.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1989]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG313065 (Lat/Lon: 52.60727, 1.414746), Surlingham which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Ellis, Ted
See Norfolk People and Families.

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 46 64 308
1811 46 71 318
1821 52 83 403
1831 55 82 399
1841 97 -- 446
1851 99 -- 467
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 103   -- 465
1871 108 112 497
1881 111 115 486
1891 102 105 409
1901 100 100 371
1911   -- 100 372

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.