Wood Norton


"WOOD-NORTON, a pleasant village and parish, 6 miles E. by S. of Fakenham, and N.W. of Reepham, has 325 souls, and about 1700 acres of land. The Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, are patrons of the rectory, lords of the manor, and owners of a great part of the soil, but their estate is leased to Mr. W.B. Gill. Here are several other proprietors, the largest of whom is W. Norris, Esq., who has a neat mansion in the parish. The Church (All Saints) has a brick tower, which was erected in 1700; and the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 12s. 3d., was consolidated with that of Swanton-Novers, in 1738. The joint rectories were valued in 1831, at £709, and are now enjoyed by the Rev. Edward Montagu Salter, A.M., . . . The tithes of this parish were commuted, in 1841, for £380 per annum. There was another church here, dedicated to St. Peter, but what remains of it is now a barn. " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

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

Church Records

Howell, Shirley W.; and Howell, Keith M.
Transcript and Index to Wood Norton Parish Registers.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 2000]

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), Wood Norton was in Aylsham Registration District.

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Historical Geography

Wood Norton is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

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Land & Property



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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 Wood Norton became part of the Aylsham Union, and the workhouses were at Buxton and Oulton. These were replaced by a new workhouse at Aylsham in 1849.