"WENDLING, on the Swaffham road, 4 miles W. by S. of East Dereham, is a parish of dispersed houses, with 330 inhabitants, and 1331 acres of land. John Margarson, Esq., is lord of the manor, but J. Mason, Esq., and others have estates here. Wendling Abbey, which stood near a small rivulet, was founded about the 52d of Henry III., by Sir Wm, de Wendling, for canons of the Præmonstratensian order, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was suppressed by a bull of Pope Clement, before the general dissolution, and in 1528, granted to Cardinal Wolsey; its revenues being then valued at £55. 18s. 4d. per annum. The last remains of the ruins and foundations were used some years ago in repairing the roads. The present CHURCH has a square tower with three bells, and is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. The benefice is a perpetual curacy, augmented with £600 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and valued in 1831 at £52. It is in the gift of the Earl of Leicester, and is enjoyed, with that of Longham, by the Rev. Robt. Howlett." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

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

Church History

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Services, etc.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

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), Wendling was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Olley, Stephen
The Book of Wendling, Longham and Beeston with Bittering.
[ISBN 1841144177, Halsgrove, 2005]
Wendling County Primary School
Centenary, 1876-1976: Notes on the Village.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Wendling is in Launditch Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Wendling 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
Wendling Inclosure Act, 1814.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Wendling, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF930130 (Lat/Lon: 52.68031, 0.853609), Wendling which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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 32 47 229
1811 37 52 250
1821 43 71 351
1831 42 71 347
1841 66 -- 330
1851 78 -- 385
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 78 -- 371
1871 78 88 368
1881 78 78 361
1891 75 78 393
1901 77 79 295
1911 -- 75 272

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.

1901 Census
"Including part of Hulver Street."