South Wootton


"WOOTTON (SOUTH), one mile from the above [ie from North Wootton], and 2½ miles N. by E. of Lynn, is a small village near the Wash, comprising within its parish only 151 inhabitants, and 1,140 acres, of which 300 are common, and the rest enclosed. The Rev. W.C. Ray, and others, are owners of the soil; but the Hon. F.G. Howard is lord paramount. The CHURCH, (St. Mary,) is a small ancient fabric. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £226. It is in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Haughton, M.A., for whom a parsonage-house was erected, in 1844. A few of the houses at Wootton-Gap, are in Gaywood parish." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also North Wootton.


Church Directories

  • Until 1857, the parish was in the Peculiar of Castle Rising.
  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description, history, services, minister, pictures, etc.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Webster, John
St Mary's Church, South Wootton.
With list of rectors 1349-1964, and curates 1754-1842.
[South Wootton, The Church, 1967]

Church Records

Marriages 1556-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 9.
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), South Wootton was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

South Wootton is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

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



Sykes, D.M.M.
The Search for a Small Community: South Wootton, c.1600-1720.
[University of Cambridge Board of Extra-mural Studies, 1990]

Land & Property

See Gaywood.


and nearby places.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF645227 (Lat/Lon: 52.776913, 0.436963), South Wootton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law