"WORSTEAD (anciently called WORSTEDE) is a parish and town, pleasantly situated on gradually rising ground near a stream, having a station on the North Walsham branch of the Great Eastern railway, 8 miles north-east from Aylsham and 3 south-by-east from North Walsham, in the Northern division of the county, Tunstead hundred, Smallburgh union, North Walsham county court distract, rural deanery of Waxham, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Mary is Gothic, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and porch and embattled tower with four storeys, to which four pinnacles have been added: it has a clock and 6 bells: it is constantly being repaired and beautified, towards which a small sum was left by the late Rev. Henry Wharton: . . . The register dates from the year 1558. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £331, with residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich and held since 1869 by the Rev. George Harris Cooke M.A. of Wadham College, Oxford." [Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk (1883) - Transcription copyright © E.C. “Paddy” Apling]


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 Mary.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Picture of the church.
Long, Anthony
Worstead Church (St Mary), Norfolk.
[Worstead, The Church, 1970s]

Church Records

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Parish Registers
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), Worstead was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Worstead 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

Worstead Parish Council
Description, history, events, parish council, etc.
Briggate Mill at Worstead
Description, history and pictures.
Worstead Railway Station
Pictures of the station.
Rendall, Ian (editor)
Worstead Woven, a Village Compendium.
[Worstead, Worstead Festival, 2000]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Worstead which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Worstead 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 Worstead has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Worstead Enclosure Act, 1821.
An act for dividing and allotting lands in the parish of Worstead, in the county of Norfolk.
[George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1821]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG303261 (Lat/Lon: 52.783246, 1.413116), Worstead which are provided by:


Military Records



Allison, Keith John
The Wool Supply and the Worsted Cloth Industry in Norfolk in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
[University of Leeds Dissertation, 1955]
Lipson, Ephraim
The History of the Woollen and Worsted Industries.
[The Histories of English Industries, London, A. and C. Black, 1921]

Poor Houses, Poor Law