"WINFARTHING, a pleasant village and parish, 4 miles N. of Diss, has 696 inhabitants, and 2566 acres of land. The Earl of Albemarle owns a great part of the soil, is lord of the manor, (fines arbitrary,) and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at ￡12, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Wm. Jas. Carver, M.A., with 31A. 1R. 22P. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1840. The Church (Virgin Mary,) has a square tower and five bells, and was, in the superstitious and corrupt age of monachism, in high repute among the ignorant for a certain sword preserved in it by the monks, ... The sword had previously belonged to a thief, who had taken sanctuary in the church. The manor has all the privileges of ancient demesne, and remained in the Crown till Henry III. gave it to Sir William Montecaniso, or Munchensy, in consideration of his military services against the French. . . In the village is a small Primitive Methodist Chapel." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
- In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, 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 Mary the Virgin.
- Campling, Arthur
- Index of Marriages, Winfarthing, 1614-1736.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
- Parish Register Transcripts
- List of Surnames of People who come from other Parishes
(these people are often known as "Strays")
- These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
- Folland, Heywood Gerard Benson
- Churchwardens' Accounts: Winfarthing Parish Books.
[Norwich, Bishop of Norwich's Committee for Books and Documents, 1968]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records
For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Winfarthing was in Guiltcross Registration District.
This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Winfarthing was in Depwade Registration District for civil registration.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Winfarthing to another place.
Winfarthing is in Diss Hundred.
- Parish outline and location.
- See Parish Map for Diss Hundred
- Description of Diss Hundred
- 1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
You can see the administrative areas in which Winfarthing has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Fitch, Alan John
- Winfarthing: the village - the church - the chapel.
[ISBN 0947843051, Winfarthing, Farthing Press, 1991]
- Great Britain: Statute
- Winfarthing Inclosure Act, 1781.
An act for dividing and inclosing the Lammas meadows, heaths, commons and waste lands within the parish of Winfarthing, in the county of Norfolk.
- Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
- Winfarthing Fighting Cocks: a history.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM108859 (Lat/Lon: 52.430321, 1.100004), Winfarthing which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- 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.
- 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."
- 1901 Census
- "Including Short Green."