"TRUNCH, 3 miles N. of North Walsham, is a considerable village, said to have had a market as late as the 16th century. It is called Trunchet in Domesday Book, and has in its parish 464 souls, and 1354A. of land. It is a member of the manor of Gimingham Lancaster, held of the Queen by Lord Suffield, and the soil belongs to several owners, the largest of whom is Wm. Primrose, Esq., who erected a large brewery here in 1837. His family has been seated here about 3 centuries. The Church (St. Botolph,) has a tower and four bells. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10 13s. 4d., in the patronage of Catherine-Hall, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Jarrett, who has a good residence (rebuilt in 1832,) 23A. 1R. 7P. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £420, awarded, in 1839, in lieu of tithes. The Methodists have a small chapel here. " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



Rye, Walter
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of North Erpingham.
The parishes included are: Aldborough, Antingham, Aylmerton, Barningham Town or Winter, Barningham Northwood, Bessingham, East Beckham, Beeston, Cromer, Felbrigg, Gimingham, Gresham, Gunton, Hanworth, Knapton, Matlask, Metton, Mundesley, Overstrand, Plumstead, North Repps, South Repps, Roughton, Runton, Sheringham, Sidestrand, Suffield, Sustead, Thorpe Market, Thurgarton, Trimingham, and Trunch.
[In "Some Rough Materials for a History of the Hundred of North Erpingham"]
[Norwich, Goose, 1889]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Repps, 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 Botolph.

Church History

Church of St Botolph
Description and pictures.
Church of St Botolph
Drawing of the inside of the church roof, showing its hammer-beam construction.
The Church
St Botolph's Church, Trunch.
[Trunch, The Church, 1980s]
Goodrich, Percival John
The Church of St Botolph, Trunch: a guide book.
[Trunch, The Church, 1930s]
Trunch Team Ministry
A brief guide to the eleven churches of the Trunch Team Ministry.
Antingham (St Mary, and St Margaret), Bradfield (St Giles), Gimingham (All Saints), Knapton (St Peter and St Paul), Mundesley (All Saints), Paston (St Margaret), Southrepps (St James), Swafield (St Nicholas), Thorpe Market (St Margaret of Antioch), Trimingham (St John) and Trunch (St Botolph).
[Trunch, Trunch Team Ministry, 1990s]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Amis, Arthur
Trunch Methodist Church: the first fifty years 1937-1987.
[Trunch, The Church, 1987]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Parish Register Transcrpts
Baptisms and Marriages.
Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1725-1812, Marriages 1725-1812 and Burials 1738-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
Archdeacons' Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
List of Rectors
14th-18th centuries.
Charitable Contributions
1653: For the people of Marlborough.

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), Trunch was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Bain, Joan
The two farms.
[ISBN 070903718X, London, Hale, 1989]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Trunch which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Trunch is in North Erpingham Hundred.

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

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



Breeze, Andrew
The Name of Trunch, near North Walsham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.43, Part.3, 2000]
Fiske, R.C.
A History of Trunch.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1976]
Goodrich, Percival J.
The Story of Trunch.
[Cambridge University Press, 1939]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG286347 (Lat/Lon: 52.860787, 1.394489), Trunch which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law