Terrington St John


"TERRINGTON ST. JOHN, 6 miles S.W. by W. of Lynn, is a parish and scattered village, chiefly on the Wisbeach road, containing 784 inhabitants, 185 houses and 2,506 acres of land, including roads and drains, comprised in the same manors as Terrington St. Clement, to which this was considered a parochial chapelry till 1843, when it was constituted a perpetual curacy, by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. Sir W. J. H. B. Ffolkes, Bart., Geo. P. Bentinck, John Fuller, and Robert Wright, Esqrs., are land owners, besides whom are a number of other proprietors, many of whom are residents. The Church, dedicated to St. John, stands on the north side of the parish, and was built "at Peyke's cross" in 1423, under a license granted by the Bishop of Ely, and made parochial by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1530. It is a handsome edifice, of brick, with a square tower containing six bells. The tower was repaired in 1843 at the cost of £150. The Rev. John Bramhall, B.A., the incumbent, has a neat parsonage house,  . . . The Methodists have a Chapel here." [Francis White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Marshland, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St John.

Church History

The Fen and Marshland Churches
This includes Terrington St John.
See Walsoken.
Church of St John
Description and pictures.
Church of St John
Description of the bells and picture of the church.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Archdeacon's Transcripts
Greer, Sandy; Greer, Sally and Simon, Val
Terrington St John Church of England Parish Registers (christenings, marriages and burials).
[Vol 1, 1538-1600, ISBN 0948147016, Seagull Enterprises, 1985]
[Vol 2, 1601-1650, ISBN 0948147024, Seagull Enterprises, 1987]
[Vol 3, 1651-1700, ISBN 0948147059, Seagull Enterprises, 1988]
[Vol 4, 1701-1750, ISBN 0948147067, Seagull Enterprises, 1991]
Terrington St John people in Tilney All Saints and Tilney cum Islington

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Terrington St John was in Wisbech Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Terrington St John Appraisal Committee
Terrington St John: An appraisal of a Fenland Village, 1997-98.
[Terrington St John Appraisal Committee, 1997]
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Historical Geography

Terrington St John is in Freebridge Marshland hundred.

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


Land & Property

Statement of Claims and Enclosure
See Walpole St Peter and Terrington St Clement.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF539155 (Lat/Lon: 52.715239, 0.277145), Terrington St John which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 Terrington St John became part of the Wisbech Union, and the workhouse was at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.


Greer, A.W. and Simon, V.
Education in Terrington St John.