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"WITTON is a small parish and scattered village, 5½ miles E. of Norwich, containing only 162 inhabitants, and 576 acres of rich loamy land. Chas. Whaites, Esq., is the principal owner and lord of the manor, which, in the seventh of Richard II., was given by Margaret, Countess of Norfolk, to the nuns minoresses of Bruisyard, in Suffolk, to pray for the soul of her daughter, Ann, late Countess of Pembroke, and for her own state whilst living, and her soul when deceased. The CHURCH (St. Margaret,) is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., and consolidated with that of Little Plumstead, where the Rev. Charles Penrice, M.A., the patron and incumbent, resides. The glebe here is 42 acres." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby] 

Witton is also called Witton by Blofield.
See also Witton (near North Walsham).



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, 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 Margaret.

Church Records

Witton by Blofield Marriages 1582-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 1.

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), Witton was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Witton is in Blofield Hundred.

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

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


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   9 13   68
1811 10 15   78
1821 12 20 112
1831 13 27 144
1841 26 -- 162
1851 24 -- 153
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 27 -- 144
1871 27 27 125
1881 29 29 134
1891 26 26 133
1901 31 31 139
1911 -- 31 134

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.