"WHITWELL PARISH forms the south-east division of Reepham parish, and comprises 477 souls, 106 houses, and 1,434 acres of land, of which Archdeacon Collyer is principal owner and lord of the manor, anciently held by the Ross, Messenger, and Monsey families. The eminent physician, Dr. Messenger Monsey, left his estates at Hackford, Whitwell, and Kerdistone, to Catherine, his grand-daughter ; daughter of Willm. Alexander, Esq., eldest brother to James, first Earl of Caledon, and wife of Archdeacon Collyer. Robt. Leamon, Esq., has a large estate around his seat of Whitwell Hall, 1½ miles W. by S. of Reepham,  . . . Mr. Stephen Leeds has a good residence and estate at Whitwell Green, near Whitwell Common (50a.), which was left open for the use of the parishioners at the enclosure.  . . . The rectorial tithes were commuted in 1844, for £367, and the vicarial for £200. In 1844, Wm. Frost, of Whitwell, in a fit of insanity, murdered his four children." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © A J Carter]


Whitwell is about 11 miles N.W. of Norwich.
The parish is part of the Town of Reepham.
See also Reepham with Kerdiston.



The parishes of Reepham with Kerdiston, Hackford and Whitwell share a churchyard and civil cemeteries.
See Reepham with Kerdiston.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Sparham, 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 Michael and All Angels.
    The church was also used by the parishioners of Hackford, after their church burnt down in the 1500s.
    It shares the same churchyard with the church of Reepham with Kerdiston.

Church History

Church of St Michael and All Angels
Description and pictures.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1559-1783, Banns 1755-1830, Marriages 1559-1648 and Burials 1559-1638.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
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), Whitwell was in Aylsham Registration District.

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Historical Geography

Whitwell is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

See Hackford near Reepham
Manning, Mary
Whitwell Hall Tannery.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.3, no.3, 1983]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG091212 (Lat/Lon: 52.748191, 1.097259), Whitwell which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law