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"WOODRISING is a small village and parish, 2½ miles W. by N. of Hingham, and contains only 129 inhabitants, and 1363 acres of land. John Weyland, Esq., is lord of the manor and owner of the soil, and resides at Woodrising Hall, a neat modern mansion in a small park, near Scoulton-mere. . . The Church (St. Nicholas,) is a small fabric, with the ruins of an ivy-mantled tower. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4. 18s. 4d., in the gift of J. Weyland, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Arthur Roberts, M.A." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © PaddyApling]

The name may also be spelled Wood Rising.



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Hingham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas.

Church History

Church of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.
Church of St Nicholas
Services, etc.
Steer, Francis William
Woodrising Church (St Nicholas), Norfolk, and notes on the Southwell and other families connected with the Parish.
[Norwich, Diocese of Norwich, 1959]

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Names of Rectors
13th-20th centuries.

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), Woodrising was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Woodrising is in Mitford hundred.

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History of Woodrising
From "The Norfolk Village Book".
Blomfield's History of Norfolk
Including the Southwell family, and list of rectors.

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 14 21 118
1811 19 20 105
1821 20 21 119
1831 21 22 127
1841 22 -- 129
1851 23 -- 127
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 24 --   97
1871 21 24   94
1881 22 23   93
1891 20 20   90
1901 21 21 102
1911 -- 21   80

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.