"WICKLEWOOD, a parish and scattered village, three miles W. of Wymondham, and E. of Hingham, contains 1527 acres of land, and had 775 inhabitants, in 1841, including 137 in Forehoe Hundred Workhouse, which is described at page 430.   . . . Henry VI. granted Wicklewood a market and two fairs, but they were obsolete more than two centuries ago. The soil belongs to many proprietors, the largest of whom is Lord Wodehouse, lord of the manor of Wicklewood, but here is a small rectorial manor, called Ampners, and belonging to Mrs. Cholmondeley, Mrs. Darby, and Mrs. Kett, as impropriators of the rectorial tithes, and patrons of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6. 3s. 11½d., and in 1831, at £131. The Rev. M.B. Darby, of Hingham is incumbent. The Church (All Saints,) is a large building, with a lofty square tower, and there was in the same burial-ground, another Church, (St. Andrew,) belonging to the rectory, but it was dilapidated in 1367. Here is a National School for this parish and Hackford." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Hingham, 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 Andrew and All Saints.
    There were originally two churches, but that dedicated to St Andrew was in ruins in the 14th century.

Church History

Church of St Andrew and All Saints
Description, history, minister, services, picture, etc.
Church of St Andrew and All Saints
Description and pictures.

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), Wicklewood was in Forehoe Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Wicklewood Archive: for Wicklewood and Crownthorpe.
Description, history, school, pictures, etc.
Wicklewood and Crownthorpe Parish Council
Parish councillors, minutes, newsletters, etc.
Wicklewood Village Pages
Wicklewood in wartime, parish magazine, pictures, etc. This is a link to an archived copy.
Wicklewood Hackford Road Towermill
Description, history and pictures.
Wicklewood High Street Towermill
Description, history and pictures.
Wicklewood Grain Windmill
Picture of the mill.
Apling, Harry
Wicklewood Mill.
[Norfolk Windmills Trust, 1982]
Norfolk Windmills Trust
Wicklewood Windmill.
[Norfolk Windmills Trust, 1981]
Wade, Denis
Wicklewood Mill - recollections.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.1, no.5, July 1973]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Wicklewood which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Wicklewood is in Forehoe Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Wicklewood 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. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims: Wicklewood (46).
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1808.
Great Britain: Statute
Wicklewood Inclosure Act, 1808.
An act for dividing lands in the parish of Wicklewood, in the county of Norfolk, 27th May 1808.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1808]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG074025 (Lat/Lon: 52.580575, 1.059407), Wicklewood which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law

After 1776 Wicklewood became part of the Forehoe Incorporation, and the workhouse was in this parish.

Forehoe Incorporation
Parishes in the union, etc.
Forehoe Incorporation and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
Forehoe Incorporation and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1883.
Forehoe Incorporation and Workhouse
Description and pictures.
Forehoe Incorporation
Description, cases, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Garner, Mary
The Early History of Wicklewood House of Industry and the Forehoe Corporation 1770-1837.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia Thesis (Diploma in Local History), 1999]
Garner, Mary
Sir Armine Wodehouse, and the founding of the Wicklewood House of Industry.
[Norwich, Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group, in "The Bulletin of the Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group", no.9, 2000]


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
1801  46  65696
1811  48  72534
1821  56  70672
Year  Inhabited

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.

1831 Census
"The House of Industry for the Hundred of Forehoe, containing 236 Inhabitants, is situate in the Parish of Wicklewood, and included in that Return."
1841 and 1851 Censuses
"The Return for Wicklewood Parish includes 135 persons in 1841, and 192 in 1851, in the Forehoe Union Workhouse."
1861 Census
"The decrease of population in the parish of Wicklewood is attributed to a reduction in the number of inmates in the Union Workhouse."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 634, 125 were in 4 large establishments or institutions.