East Winch


"WINCH (EAST) is a considerable village, with several neat houses, pleasantly seated on the Swaffham turnpike, 6 miles S.E. by E. of Lynn. The parish contains 440 inhabitants, and 2,410 acres of land, belonging to the families of Kent, Platten, Curl, and Smith. The Rev. Geo. Edward Kent is lord of the manors of East Winch and Carrow; and the Bishop of Norwich is lord of the manor of Grancourt, containing about 80 acres. An estate of about 800A., [belonging] to J. Platten, Esq., of Lynn, was lately the property of the Forsters. In 1815, an act was obtained for enclosing and draining the waste lands; but about 80A. still form an open common, on which the poor claim pasturage, &c. . . . The CHURCH, (All Saints,) is an ancient fabric, and had on its south side a chapel, built by the Howards. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8, and in 1831 at £183, has 12½A. of glebe. The Rev. G.E. Kent is patron, and the Rev. E. Edwards, M.A., of Lynn, is the incumbent. Here is a National School, built in 1842." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also West Winch.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Alvis, Edward John
Sepulchral cross slabs in East Winch church.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.16, 1907]

Church Records

Marriages 1690-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 10.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), East Winch was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

East Winch is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

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


Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Wormegay and other parishes drainage act, 1815.
An act for draining and improving certain fen lands, low grounds and marshes, and other lands and grounds lying in the parishes of Wormegay, Shouldham, Marham, Middleton, Pentney, East Winch, and West Bilney, in the county of Norfolk: 28th June 1815.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1815]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF693164 (Lat/Lon: 52.718671, 0.504426), East Winch which are provided by:


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 23 43 224
1811 33 63 280
1821 40 77 376
1831 47 91 466
1841 86 -- 440
1851 89 -- 469
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 89 --- 434
1871 93 102 436
1881 92 101 404
1891 87   87 367
1901 78   77 321
1911 --   80 338

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.

Other population figures