"WHISSONSETT, a village and parish, 5 miles S. of Fakenham, contains 702 inhabitants, and 1328 acres of land. Colonel Jones is lord of the manor, but here are a number of small land-owners. A fair is held here on Whit-Wednesday, for shoes and pedlery. The CHURCH, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is a large structure, with a tower, four bells, and several inscriptions to the Bozoun, Hapton, Gybon, and other families. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at ￡10. 3s. 4d., is consolidated with Horningtoft, in the gift of F.R. Reynolds, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. E.C. Kemp. The joint benefices were valued in 1831 at ￡722 per ann. The tithes of this parish have been commuted for the yearly rent of ￡327. The common was enclosed in 1812. Nicholas Dunham, in 1591, left the yearly rent-charges of 16s. 8d. to this parish, and 3s. 4d. each to Colkirk, Horningtoft, and Oxwick, for the poor." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
- 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 the Virgin Mary.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Whissonsett to another place.
Whissonsett 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 Whissonsett has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Whissonsett - A Norfolk Village.
- The history of the village from Saxon days to families in the present century, with illustrations and surname index.
[Privately published, 2000]
List of Surnames
- The Changing Face of Whissonsett.
- The development of the village over the centuries, how buildings and streets have altered, the agriculture and people, etc. With illustrations.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF919235 (Lat/Lon: 52.774524, 0.843542), Whissonsett which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.
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.
- 1851 Census
- "The decrease of population in the Parish of Whissonsett is attributed to several families having removed to other parts."
- 1901 Census
- "Including Hamrow."