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"THOMPSON, anciently called Thomestone, is a scattered village and parish, containing 490 souls, and 2218 acres, 3 miles S. by E. of Watton. The soil belongs chiefly to Lord Walsingham and H.D. Hemsworth, Esq. The former is lord of the manor, and the latter is impropriator of the tithes, patron of the Church, (St. Martin,) in which are the stalls erected for the use of a college or chantry, founded here in the 23rd of Edward III., by Sir Thomas de Shardelow, and his brother John, for six chaplains,   . . .  This college was granted to Sir Edmund Knyvett, at the dissolution. The perpetual curacy, certified at £20, and valued in 1831 at £49, was augmented, from 1767 to 1824, with £800 of Queen Anne's Bounty. The Rev. James Browne Tompson, L.L.B., of Norwich, is the incumbent. The common was enclosed in 1815. The Town Land, 18A. 2R. 24P., is let for £28. 10s. a year, which is applied in the service of the church and poor. The Town House is occupied by paupers. In the church is a large painting of Reuben,  . . .  presented by the late Wm. Tooke Howard, Esq. Thompson Cottage, a neat mansion,  . . .  is the seat of Richd. Palmer, Esq." [William White  History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]

The name may also be spelled Thomson.


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 Martin.

Church History

Church of St Martin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Martin
Services, etc.

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), Thompson was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Description, pictures, parish council, etc.
Thompson Post Mill
Description and picture.

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Historical Geography

Thompson 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

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Crabbe, George
Some materials for a history of the parish of Thompson in the county of Norfolk; edited by Augustus Jessopp.
Includes pedigrees of the Shardelow, Knevett, Futter, Tooke, Botetourt, Manning, Spring, De Gray, Barker and D'Eye families.
[Norwich, Goose, 1892]

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   80 383
1811 77   81 366
1821 78   80 427
1831 95 101 478
1841 93 -- 490
1851 99 -- 496
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 96 -- 475
1871 95 101 440
1881 83   83 360
1891 88   88 358
1901 79   79 306
1911 --   81 289

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 Census
"Including Pockthorpe."


Tyler, Bronwen
A short history of Thompson School.
[Thompson, Friends of Thompson School, 1989]