Thorpe Hamlet


"THORPE HAMLET, a suburb on the east of Norwich, was constituted a separate ecclesiastical parish March 9, 1852, from the civil parish of Old Thorpe, and is in the rural deanery of Blofield. The church of St. Matthew, erected in 1851 upon land given by the Dean and Chapter of Norwich, on the slope of a hill close by the river Wensum, is a structure of Kentish rag stone, in the Norman style,  . . . seated with open benches, affording 400 sittings, of which 200 are free. The register dates from the year 1852. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £310, with residence, built in 1863, in the gift of the rector of Thorpe St. Andrew, and held since 1903 by the Rev. Evan Charles Morgan M.A. of Selwyn College, Cambridge. The church of St. Leonard, at the junction of Quebec and Plumstead roads, was erected in 1907 as a chapel of ease to St. Matthew's,  . . . will seat 350 persons. There is a mission room in Plumstead road in connection with the church, erected in 1877. A beautiful parish hall, capable of seating 500 persons, was erected some few years ago  . . . The population in 1901 was 6,450." [Kelly's Directory of Norfolk 1912 - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Thorpe Hamlet is a hamlet of Norwich, on the eastern side of the city.
Until 1852 it was part of Thorpe St Andrew.
See also Thorpe Abbotts, Thorpe Market, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, and Thorpe Parva.



Hamlin, Philip E.
Rosary Cemetery: Monumental Inscriptions, 1819-1986 and burials 1821-1837.
This is a non-denominational cemetery, with burials from all of Norwich and the county.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, Norfolk Genealogy v.18, 1986]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, 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 Matthew.
    There was also a chapel of ease, dedicated to St Leonard.

Church History

Church of St Matthew
Description, services, events, minister, etc.
Former Church of St Matthew
Description and pictures.
Burrell, Doris M.
Our Story: St Matthew's Church, Thorpe Hamlet.
[Norwich, Printed by Robbprint, 1980s]
Church of St Matthew
Memorial service and dedication of the war memorial cross at St Matthew's Church Thorpe Hamlet, September 25th 1921, including roll of honour.
Church of St Matthew
Parochial Accounts 1881-1891, and 1897.
[Norwich, The Church, 1881-1891, and 1897]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1851-1880
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 1852 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1861 to 1901), Thorpe Hamlet was in Norwich Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Thorpe Hamlet
Description, history, pictures, local history group, etc.
Thorpe Hamlet Gallants Tower Mill
Description and history.
Plumstead Road Tower Mill
Description and history.
Mousehold Post Mill
Description, history and picture.
Mousehold Smock Mill
Description and history.
Jennings Tower Mill
Description and history.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1852 Thorpe Hamlet became part of the city of Norwich.
Until then it was part of Thorpe St Andrew, which is in Blofield Hundred.

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

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



Ash, Mary (editor)
Memories of Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich.
[ISBN 1903923026, Wahnfried Publications for "Memories of Thorpe Hamlet Project", 2004]
Extracts from the book.
Goreham, Geoffrey
A History of the Residential and Industrial Development of Thorpe Hamlet in the City of Norwich.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1964]
Goreham, Geoffrey
Thorpe Hamlet.
[ISBN 0950224502, Norwich, Thorpe Hamlet Association, 1972]
Tillett, Edward A.
Norwich Scrapbooks: Norwich Hamlets: Vol.3: Catton, Sprowston, Thorpe, Trowse, Bracondale, and Lakenham.
Newspaper articles, photographs, postcards, extracts from Blomefield, etc.
[In Norwich Local Studies Library, 1900s]

Land & Property

Beatie, Bill
Thorpe Road Library, Norwich, 1951-1988.
[Norfolk Library and Information Service, Staff Association, 1990]
Day, Michael
Railway Cottages, Norwich.
[In "Transport History", no.12, 1981]
Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Ketts Tavern, 29 Ketts Hill, Norwich: a history.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG244087 (Lat/Lon: 52.62952, 1.314324), Thorpe Hamlet which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law