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"WILBY, a small village and parish, 3½ miles E.N.E. of East Harling, has 124 souls, and 1396A. 3R. 19P. of land, belonging to the Earl of Albemarle and Sir Thomas Beevor. The latter is lord of the manor and patron of the Church (All Saints,) which has a square tower and four bells, and is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 4s. 7d., and consolidated with Hargham, in the incumbency of the Rev. R.F. Elwin, of Norwich. The joint rectories were valued, in 1831, at £380. The tithes of Wilby were commuted, in 1839, for £205. 2s. 5d. per annum. An Almshouse, in three tenements, with small gardens, was given by one of the Wilton family, for the residence of poor parishioners. " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

See also Filby.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of All Saints
Roll of Honour and transcriptions of memorials in the church and churchyard.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Church of All Saints
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.
Church of All Saints
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Cotton, Simon; and Tricker, Roy.
St Mary the Virgin, Eccles and All Saints, Wilby.
[Norfolk Churches Trust, 1970s]
Primitive Methodist Church
Description, picture and map.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Wilby was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Wilby was in Wayland Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Wilby is in Shropham Hundred.

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

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Land and Property

Manning, Charles Robertson
Three Old Halls in Norfolk.
Lovell's Hall at Terrington St Clement, Thelveton Hall, Wilby Old Hall, and the families of Upwood, Havers and Wilton.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.11, 1892]
Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
Church of All Saints
Roll of Honour and transcriptions of memorials in the church and churchyard.
This is a link to an archived copy.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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 12 18   95
1811 13 17   97
1821 12 17 103
1831 12 18 123
1841 22 -- 124
1851 22 -- 106
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 23 --   98
1871 22 22 103
1881 22 22   86
1891 24 24 104
1901 23 23   95
1911 -- 24 110

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.

1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."