"WITTON, a parish and scattered village, from 3 to 4 miles E. by N. of North Walsham, has 280 inhabitants, and 1720A. of land, mostly the property of Lord Wodehouse, whose principal seat is at Kimberley, . . . The CHURCH (St. Margaret,) has a nave, chancel, side aisles, a porch, and a round tower. It is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4. 13s. 1d., and in 1831 at £136. It was augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's bounty, in 1767 and 1786. The glebe is 7A. 1R. 38P. The Bishop of Ely is patron, and the Rev. George Hewitt incumbent. . . A Gothic cottage and School-room were built in 1834, at the cost of Lady C.L. Wodehouse." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

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

Church History

Minns, G.W.W.
Notice of Mural Paintings at Witton (St Margaret's Church, Tunstead hundred).
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.6, 1864]

Church Records

Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Witton was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Witton was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Witton Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Historical Geography

Witton is in Tunstead Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Tunstead Hundred
Description of Tunstead 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.


Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG336312 (Lat/Lon: 52.827558, 1.466158), Witton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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 38 39 187
1811 41 41 213
1821 50 50 236
1831 34 60 295
1841 59 -- 280
1851 62 -- 299
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 54 -- 269
1871 54 54 245
1881 54 55 253
1891 53 53 233
1901 54 55 225
1911 -- 55 227

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.