West Tofts


"TOFTS (WEST) is a parish 6 miles N.N.W. of Thetford, comprising a small hamlet of cottages, a farm-house, the old hall, 193 inhabitants, and 3051 acres of land, including 500 acres of wood ornamenting the extensive park of West Tofts Hall, which is now added to that of Lynford Hall, the seat of Mrs. Stephens, who is lady of this manor; but Sir John Sutton, Bart., and Lord Ashburton have estates in this parish. The Church (St. Mary) is a fine ancient edifice  . . . several monuments of the Sutton and Partridge families.  . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8, is held by the Rev. Augustus Sutton, M.A., who resides at the old Hall. The glebe is 4 acres, and the tithes have been commuted for £200 per annum. Here is a school, built in 1851, and supported by the rector. Mr. Jas. Hy. Roper farms most of the parish." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1864) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, 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.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.

Church Records

Farrow, C.W.
West Tofts with Buckenham Tofts: Church of England Parish Registers 1705-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1987]
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.

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), West Tofts was in Thetford Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

West Tofts is in Grimshoe Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL837928 (Lat/Lon: 52.502534, 0.705011), West Tofts which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law