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"TOTTINGTON, a small village, on the Thetford road, 4 miles S. by W. of Watton, has in its parish 308 inhabitants, and 3213 acres of light sandy soil, nearly all the property of Lord Walsingham, the lord of the manor. At the enclosure, in 1774, about 60 acres were left open as a Fuel Allotment, but part of it is now in plantations, belonging to Lord Walsingham. The Church (St. Andrew) is a large edifice of the perpendicular period,  ... It contains an elegantly carved rood screen, several monuments of the Hare and Duffield families, and some ancient slabs stripped of their brasses.  . . . The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6. 14s. 9d., is in the patronage of the trustees of Chigwell School, Essex, to whom the rectorial tithes (£400) belong. The Rev. Samuel Cutler Hooley is the incumbent, and has an acre of glebe, a yearly tithe rent-charge of £61. 14s. 3d., and a good residence, erected in 1861. The School for the parishes of Merton, Thompson, Sturston, and Tottington, is attended by 60 children, and was built in 1849 by Lord Walsingham. . . . " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1864) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

See also Tottenhill and Tuttington.



See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


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 Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Tricker, Roy
St Andrew's Church, Tottington, Norfolk: short history and guide.

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), Tottington was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

History, pictures, description, wartime, events, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Perry, Hilda; and Perry, Edmund
Tottington: A Lost Village in Norfolk. (Reminiscences).
[ISBN 0900616563, Wymondham, Geo R. Reeve, 1999]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Tottington 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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Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Tottington Inclosure Act, 1774.
An act for dividing and inclosing the common fields, half-year lands, common pastures, common meadows, Lammas meadows, commons, commonable lands, heaths and waste grounds, within the parish of Tottington, in the county of Norfolk.
[An independently printed edition of the act, 1774]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


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 26 40 198
1811 28 47 249
1821 33 54 284
1831 34 59 313
1841 55 -- 340
1851 61 -- 370
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 61 -- 308
1871 63 69 290
1881 62 62 279
1891 60 63 287
1901 41 41 194
1911 -- 51 209

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.