"BACTON is a parish on the sea coast, 5 miles N.E. by E. of North Walsham, containing 1585A. of land and 513 inhabitants, residing chiefly in the hamlets of Bacton, Bacton Green, Keswick, and Bromholm, distant nearly half a mile from each other; but a narrow point of the parish extends three miles to the S.W., where there are two farms called the Wood. Lord and Lady Wodehouse are the principal landowners, impropriators and patrons of the church; but here are a number of smaller proprietors, some of whom have neat mansions in the parish. The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) stands on a summit above the village of Bacton, about half a mile from the sea, and has a square tower with five bells. . . . The Rev. G. L. W. Fauquier is the incumbent. The glebe is about 30A., and the tithes were commuted in 1844, for the yearly rents of £215. 10s to the vicar, and £284. 10s to the impropriators. Some of the children of Bacton are admitted to the Free-School, at Witton." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
Bacton is about 10 miles S.E. of Cromer.
See also Keswick near Norwich.
- 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 Andrew.
The ruins of Bromholm Priory are in the parish.
Church of St Andrew
- These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
- Parish Registers
- List of Surnames of People who come from other Parishes
- Parish Register Extracts
- These extracts have been found by the Norfolk transcribers for FreeREG, in the Bacton register of baptisms and burials 1711-1812, and marriages 1712-1753.
At the Census, taken May 27, 1811 The Population of Bacton was 314 Inhabited Houses 57 Unoccupied " 2 Families 71 Males Baptized 44 Females " 40 Males buried 26 Females " 27 The Population in 1821 was 388 Males 200 Females 188
Bacton Particular Baptist Chapel
- Parish Register Transcripts
- Baptisms 1813-1880
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records
For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Bacton was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.
This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Bacton was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.
- Description and pictures.
- Bacton Post Mill
- Bacton Wood Post Mill
- Description and history.
- Bacton Wood Water Mill
- Description, history and pictures.
- Knights, Mark
- The illustrated guide to Cromer and neighbourhood: including Runton, Sherringham, Overstrand, Sidestrand, Mundesley, Northrepps, Bacton, Bromholm, and the Broads; revised to the present time by Mark Knights.
[London, Jarrold, 1889?]
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Bacton to another place.
Bacton 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 Bacton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
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- A short record of Bromholm Priory, Bacton, Norfolk.
- Green, Charles, Rector of Burgh Castle
- The history, antiquities, and geology of Bacton in Norfolk.
[Norwich, Fletcher, 1842]
- Jennings, Walton
- The Story of Bacton, Norfolk.
[2 volumes, Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1948]
- Pearce, Christopher
- Bromholm Priory: a case study of an English Cluniac monastic site.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia Extra Mural Studies Thesis, 1999]
- Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
- Statement of claims (67): Witton, Bacton, Edingthorpe and Paston.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1812.
- Great Britain: Statute
- Witton and other parishes inclosure act, 1812.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Witton, Bacton, Edingthorpe, and Paston, in the county of Norfolk.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG344338 (Lat/Lon: 52.851096, 1.479119), Bacton which are provided by:
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- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)