"WOODBASTWICK, 8 miles N.E. by E. of Norwich, has in its parish 283 souls, and 2162 acres, but only 1418 acres are assessable, there being in the marshes several large broads, or lakes, near the river Bure. John Cator, Esq., owns the greater part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the Church (St. Fabian and St. Sebastian,) which is a small antique fabric. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6, has been united with the rectory of Panxworth since 1699, and the joint benefices were valued, in 1831, at £206 per annum. The Rev. Wm. Ker is the incumbent. . . Mrs. Cator supports a free school for thirty children. " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Woodbastwick is also known as Wood Bastwick.
See also Repps with Bastwick.



Church of St Fabian and St Sebastian
Transcriptions and photographs of gravestones in the churchyard.
Not all gravestones may be included, even when a site is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be photographed.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


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 Fabian and St Sebastian.

Church History

Church of St Fabian and St Sebastian
Description, pictures, minister, services, parish magazine, etc.
Church of St Fabian and St Sebastian
Services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Woodbastwick with Panxworth Marriages 1561-1813
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 3.
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), Woodbastwick was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Description and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Woodbastwick is in Walsham Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Woodbastwick Hall
Pictures of the hall.
Penn, Kenneth
Building Survey at Woodbastwick Old Hall, Woodbastwick, Norfolk.
[Norfolk Archaeological Unit (NAU), Report 959, 2004]
Great Britain: Statute
Woodbastwick Inclosure Act, 1779.
An act for dividing and inclosing the common or waste land within the parish of Wood Bastwick, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG331152 (Lat/Lon: 52.683979, 1.447019), Woodbastwick which are provided by:


Military Records


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 48 48 230
1811 45 45 243
1821 28 45 236
1831 47 51 288
1841 52 -- 283
1851 52 -- 293
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 50 -- 294
1871 49 51 233
1881 48 51 210
1891 60 60 264
1901 57 57 281
1911 -- 59 262

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.