"WATLINGTON is a neat village of detached houses, 6 miles S. by W. of Lynn, in the fertile marshes on the east side of the Great Ouse river, about a mile E. of the bridge at Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen. Its parish contains 502 inhabitants, and 1,633 acres of land, mostly the property of Chas. Berners Plestow, Esq., ...  He is lord of the manor of Gawsels, in Watlington, ? and Mr. J. Platten, of Lynn, is the steward. The CHURCH, (St. Peter and St. Paul,) is a large structure, with a tower and five bells; . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £41 15s. 8d., is in the gift of C.B. Plestow, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Edw. Cobbold. Here is a Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1840, by Mr. H.J. Nicholls." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



Purple, Jennifer J.
Monumental Inscriptions, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Watlington, King's Lynn, Norfolk, with index and plan of churchyard.
[Privately published, 1998]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 Peter and St Paul.

Church History

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description of the bells and picture of the church.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Watlington was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

King's Lynn Arts Centre
Portrait of a Village: Watlington.
[ISBN 1898328048, King's Lynn Arts Centre, West Norfolk Living Histories, 1993]

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Historical Geography

Watlington is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Watlington Inclosure Act, 1748.
An act for inclosing and dividing certain commons and wastes, within the manor and parish of Watlington in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF618111 (Lat/Lon: 52.673572, 0.391557), Watlington which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law