North Creake


"NORTH CREAKE, 3 miles S. by E. of Burnham Market, is a parish and considerable village on the Fakenham road, comprising 157 houses, 776 inhabitants, and 3,528 acres of land, of which Earl Spencer, and the Fellows of Christ College, Cambridge, are the principal owners and lords of the manor; the latter being proprietors of the Abbey estate, 620a., now leased to the Earl of Orford. At the northern extremity of the parish are the remains of Creake Abbey, founded about the year 1206, by Sir Robert de Narford and his wife Alice, for a master, four chaplains, and thirteen lay brethren; but they were subsequently made an abbot, and canons of the Augustine order, and had a Church, dedicated to St. Bartholomew. After the dissolution, the abbey, with all the lands belonging to it, were granted by Margaret, Countess of Richmond, to Christ College. A great part of the abbey walls still remain, and form a picturesque ruin. . . The Church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a spacious and handsome gothic structure, with a tower and six bells, has a finely ornamented roof. . . The patronage is vested alternately in the Bishop of Norwich and Earl Spencer. The Hon. and Rev. Thos. Robt. Keppel, M.A., the incumbent, has built a handsome and commodious rectory house, in the Tudor style." [Francis White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]


North Creake is about 7 miles N.W. of Fakenham.
See also South Creake.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Burnham, 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 the Virgin Mary.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Bedingfeld, A.L. and Gilyard-Beer, R.
Creake Abbey, Norfolk: History.
[London, H.M.S.O, 1970]
North Creake Abbey
Description and pictures.
North Creake Abbey
Description and picture.

Church Records

North Creake Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Bedingfeld, Arthur Lumsden
A Cartulary of Creake Abbey.
[Norwich, Norfolk Record Society (vol 35), 1966]

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), North Creake was in Docking Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

North Creake Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

North Creake is in Brothercross Hundred.

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

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



Pooley, Graham
Eleven hundred years: North Creake.
[ISBN 0951416804, Norfolk, The Creakes History Society, c1988]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF854383 (Lat/Lon: 52.910093, 0.75548), North Creake which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law