"HEMPSTEAD, a village and parish, 8 miles E. by S. of North Walsham, and 3½ miles N.E. by E. of Stalham, has 175 souls, and 907 acres of land, exclusive of Eccles by the Sea, which is united with it for the support of the poor. J. Blake, Esq., of Bramerton, owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor. The Church (St. Andrew) is an ancient structure, and the living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7.2s.6d. and in 1831 at £542, with that of Lessingham annexed to it, in the patronage of King's College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Edward Wilkins, M.A." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]


Hempstead near Stalham is about 14 miles E. of Aylsham.
It is consolidated with Eccles by the Sea in some records, and is known as Hempstead with Eccles.
See also Hempstead by Holt.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Chastney, Roy
Hempstead St Andrew: Memorials in the church and graveyard, with burial records 1813-1998.
[Typescript in Norwich local studies library, 1998]
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Happing (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Hempstead.
See Brumstead

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


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 Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services and location.

Church Records

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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), Hempstead was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Hempstead was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Hempstead is in Happing Hundred.

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

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



Hempstead History
Mediaeval history.
This is a link to an archived copy.

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Hempstead and other parishes land-allotment and drainage act, 1812.
An act for allotting the lands in the parish of Hempstead, in the county of Norfolk, and for the drainage of the marshes or fen grounds within the said parish; and of certain other marshes, meadows, and low grounds, within the several parishes of Happisburgh, Eccles, Palling next the Sea, Lessingham, and Ingham, in the county aforesaid: 20th March 1812.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1812]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG402283 (Lat/Lon: 52.798506, 1.561088), Hempstead which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law