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West Walton

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"WEST WALTON is a considerable village near the Roman Bank, 3 miles N.N.E. of Wisbech, and 12 miles S.W. by W. of Lynn. Its extensive parish has augmented its population since the year 1801, from 513 to 954 souls, and comprises many scattered houses, and 5,516A. 3R. 30P. of land, including a large portion of the Smeeth and Fen, from 4 to 5 miles S.E. of the village, . . . and 600 acres on the west side of the Nene, in the Isle of Ely. The Queen is lady of the manor of West Walton-cum-Membris, . . .  J. Wing, Esq., of Wisbech, is the steward. But part of the parish is in Newton Colville manor, of which Capt. Trafford is lord; and in Coleraine manor, of which the Rev. C.H. Townshend is lord. Capt. Trafford, John Bellamy, Esq., . . . The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Mary, . . . The RECTORY is in two medieties, viz:- WALTON ELIEN, valued in the King's Book at £16, and in 1831, at £404; and WALTON LEWES, valued in the King's Book at £16 13s. 4d., and in 1831, at £747. The former is in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. E.E. Blencowe, B.A.; and the latter is in the patronage of the Rev. C.H. Townshend, and incumbency of the Rev. Atwill Lake, M.A., . . . In the parish is a Primitive Methodist Chapel, built in 1833. The FREE SCHOOL is endowed with the dividends of  . . . Consols, left by Mrs. Mary Dales, " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

See also East Walton.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Marshland, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description, history, pictures, etc.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description of the bells and picture of the detached bell tower.
Dann, Stephen; Elliott, Ken; and Anderson, Andrew
West Walton Church, Norfolk.
[Wisbech, Balding and Mansell, 1967]
The Fen and Marshland Churches
This includes West Walton.
See Walsoken.

Church Records

Parish Register and Archdeacon's Transcripts
Baptisms and Burials (search main index).
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), West Walton was in Wisbech Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

West Walton Highway Mill
Description, history and pictures.
West Walton Ingleborough Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

West Walton is in Freebridge Marshland hundred.

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Land and Property

Davison, Alan J.
The Manors of West Walton.
(15th-16th century).
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.42, 1997]
Sanders, H.G. and Eley, Geoffrey.
Farms of Britain.
Including a chapter about farming at Hill House, West Walton.
[Crosby Lockwood and Son, 1946]
Silvester, Robert J.
West Walton, the development of a siltland parish.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.39, 1985/6]
Statement of Claims and Enclosure, 1796
See Walpole St Peter
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims: West Walton.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1819.
Great Britain: Statute
West Walton Inclosure Act, 1819.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of West Walton, in the county of Norfolk, 21st June 1819.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1819]
[London, Dorington and Son, 1819]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • After 1834 West Walton became part of the Wisbech Union, and the workhouse was at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.


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 --- --- 513
1811 102 115 552
1821 143 168 735
1831 170 174 905
1841 177 --- 954
1851 197 --- 999
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 201 --- 950
1871 195 220 935
1881 185 198 860
1891 198 199 904
1901 202 202 864
1911 --- 239 984

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.

1911 Census
"There were 61 people in 3 detached parts of the parish."