Thorpe St Andrew


"THORPE-NEXT-NORWICH, or Thorpe St. Andrew, is a handsome village, delightfully situated 2 miles E. of Norwich, on the side of a declivity, which overlooks the city, the railway, and the river Yare,   . . .  The parish of Thorpe St. Andrew comprises about 2000 acres, and had 1041 inhabitants, in 1841, including 167 in the County Lunatic Asylum. Thorpe Hamlet, which maintains its poor, &c., as a member of the City and County of the City of Norwich, is ecclesiastically a part of this parish,  . . .  together with a large portion of Mousehold Heath,  . . . Jas. Cuddon, Esq., is lord of the manor, but the soil belongs to the Harvey, Wodehouse, Frost, Jecks, Blakiston, and other families,  . . . the manor extends into great and Little Plumstead, Brundall, and Thorpe-Hamlet. The parish was anciently called Thorpe Episcopi. It was held by the Bishop, and the Prior and Convent of Norwich, from 1101 till it was seized by Henry VIII. The Bishop had a palace here,  . . .The parish CHURCH is a thatched Gothic fabric,  . . . The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8, and in 1831 at £421. The Rev. Armine Herring is patron, and officiates for the Rev. James Maxwell, the incumbent. The Norfolk County Lunatic Asylum stands a little south-east of the village of Thorpe, three miles from Norwich.  . . . The asylum is under the control of a committee of the county magistrates. W. Warner, M.D., is the physician; Mr. G.W.W. Firth, surgeon; Mr. Fras. John Blake, clerk and treasurer; the Rev. E. Cole, chaplain; and Mr. E. and Mrs. Owen, governor and matron. The Free School and charities of Thorpe parish are as follows:- In 1706, the Rev. Samuel Chapman left 45A. of copyhold land, at Brundall, in trust for the education of six poor children,  . . . In 1730, a Mr. Newman left £50 for schooling poor children,  . . . In 1766, Thomas Vere left £350,  . . . The Free School, now conducted on the national system,  " [William White  History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Thorpe St Andrew is also known as Thorpe Episcopi.
Until 1852 it included Thorpe Hamlet, which then became a hamlet of Norwich.
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.
    Until 1857, it had been in the Peculiar of the Bishop of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description, services, location, minister, etc.
Church of St Andrew
Minister, services, etc.
Church of the Good Shepherd
Services, etc.
Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady Mother of God
Minister, services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Church of St Andrew: Baptisms 1813-1880
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Extracts from the parish registers
Buildings, collections, rectors, communion plate, school, etc.
Names of Churchwardens
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1755-1756, and 1785-1786.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
Collections for special appeals, disasters, relief of suffering, etc.
1815: Survivors of Waterloo

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), Thorpe St Andrew was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Thorpe St Andrew Town Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, newsletters, etc.
Fawcett, Trevor
Thorpe Water Frolic.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.36, 1977]
Thorpe St Andrew Parish Council
Snippets 1895-1995: Thorpe St Andrew Parish Council: 100 years.
[Thorpe St Andrew Parish Council, 1995]
See Thorpe Hamlet

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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



Barber, Harry
Thorpe St Andrew 1895-1979.
Nuthall, Trevor
Thorpe St Andrew: a history.
[ISBN 0954335902, Norwich, 2002]
Supple, William Rathborne
A history of Thorpe-next-Norwich, otherwise Thorpe Episcopi and Thorpe St Andrew.
[London, Jarrolds, 1918]

Land & Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
The King's Head Public House, 36 Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew: a history.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1987]
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (29): Thorpe next Norwich.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1800.
Great Britain: Statute
Thorpe Saint Andrew Inclosure Act, 1800.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing the commons and waste grounds within the parish of Thorpe next Norwich, in the county of Norfolk, and in the county of the city of Norwich.
[Independently printed edition of the act, 1800]
Harvey Estate
See Names, Personal, below.
Kerrison Estate
1810: Sale of the Estate of Sir Roger Kerrison.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG268096 (Lat/Lon: 52.637022, 1.34994), Thorpe St Andrew which are provided by:


Medical Records

Norfolk Lunatic Asylum
Names of patients, admissions, treatments, punishments, discharges, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Cherry, Steven
Mental Health Care in Modern England: the Norfolk Lunatic Asylum - St Andrew's Hospital, c.1810-1998.
[ISBN 0851159206, Boydell Press, 2003]
Norfolk County Asylum
Norfolk County Asylum, Thorpe, Norwich, 1814-1903, written for the occasion of the inspection by the Norfolk County Council, on 17th September 1903.
[Norwich, F. Crowe, 1903]

Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Etheridge, Helen R., and Barr, Robert (editor)
Happy leisure and hard work: Thorpe House School - the first hundred years.