"WORTWELL, a village 2½ miles N.E. of Harleston, is in Redenhall ecclesiastical parish, Depwade union, Earsham hundred and petty sessional division, Harleston county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy court district, Harleston polling district of South Norfolk, Redenhall rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 416 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 1102 acres. Its rateable value is £1677. . . Here is a Church School built in 1840, and supported by voluntary contributions and Government grant. Here are also an Independent Chapel built in 1773, and a Baptist Chapel built in 1822." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1883) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Wortwell is about 11 miles E.N.E. of Diss.
It is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Redenhall with Harleston and Wortwell.
White's Directory of Norfolk for 1845 says "Harleston is a chapelry, and Wortwell a township, both in Redenhall parish."
See also Redenhall and Harleston.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • There is no parish church.

Church History

Wortwell United Reform Church
Ministers, services and picture.
Wortwell United Reform Church
Description and pictures.
Wortwell Old Baptist Chapel
Description and pictures.
Killick, Stanley E.
The Congregational churches of Harleston Wortwell Denton and Alburgh: a short history.
[Ramsgate, Kent, The Church Publishers, 1967?]
Read, John G.
Ordination of the Queen's Librarian at the Congregational Church, Wortwell 1843, and A brief History of the Congregational Churches at Wortwell with Harleston 1662-1848.
[Wortwell, J.G. Read, Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1955]

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Wortwell cum Harleston Independent Chapel
Burials 1810-37.
[No other information]

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), Wortwell was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Wortwell Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Pearce, Brian
Village appraisal with stories relating to life in Wortwell.
[Wortwell Parish Council, 2002]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Wortwell is in Earsham Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM276850 (Lat/Lon: 52.415823, 1.345652), Wortwell which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law