"TOPCROFT, a scattered village, 12 miles S. by E. of Norwich, and 5 miles N.W. by W. of Bungay, has in its parish 475 souls, and 1,864 acres of land, including 90A. of wood. The Rev. William John Smyth owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, in which the copyholders pay certain fines. The CHURCH (St. Margaret,) has a tower, round at the base, and octangular above. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £10 13s. 4d., and in 1831 at £400, has about 40A. of glebe. The Bishop of Norwich is patron, and the Rev. Edward Wilson, incumbent. The tithes were commuted in 1839 for £396 per annum. Here is a small Independent Chapel, under the ministry of the Rev. Jas. Davis, of Denton." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, 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 Margaret.

Church History

Church of St Margaret
Services, location, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Hook, David, and Tricker, Roy
The Hempnall Group of Churches.
Bedingham St Andrew; Fritton St Catherine; Hardwick St Margaret; Hempnall St Margaret; Morningthorpe St John the Baptist; Shelton St Mary; Topcroft St Margaret; Woodton All Saints.
[Hempnall, Hempnall Group of Churches, 1987]

Church Records

Marriages 1557-1813
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 5.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Topcroft was in Loddon and Clavering Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Lykowski, Catrina
Topcroft Village.
(The village, and the people living there at the start of the new millennium).
[The Topcroft Millennium Book Group, 1999]
Topcroft Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Topcroft is in Loddon Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM266932 (Lat/Lon: 52.489366, 1.336296), Topcroft which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law