"HICKLING, a scattered village and parish, 18 miles N.E. by E. of Norwich, and 4 miles E.S.E. of Stalham, has 860 souls and 4334 acres of land, of which nearly 2000 are marshes. About 1¼ miles S. of the Church, is Hickling Broad, an extensive lake, upwards of three miles in circumference, and navigable for small craft to the Thurne and the Bure. Nathl. Micklethwait, Esq., is the principal landowner, and lord of the manor, for which he holds a court in November. Some of the copyholds are on fine certain, and others arbitrary. . . . The Rev. C.F. Millard, A.B., of Norwich, is the incumbent. The rectorial tithes have been commuted for £814, and the vicarial for £344 per annum. The Church (St. Mary,) is a handsome Gothic structure, with a tower and five bells; and about half a mile to the north, in the outbuildings of a farm-house, are the remains of the Priory, which was founded in 1185, by Theobold de Valoins, for canons of the order of St. Austin, and granted at the dissolution to Sir. W. Woodhouse." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Happing (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Hickling.
See Brumstead

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


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 Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Marriages 1657-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 4.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Hickling was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

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

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



Kemp, Ivor
Hickling: A brief history of the village from medieval times to the present.
[Hickling Local History Group, 2005]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG410233 (Lat/Lon: 52.753334, 1.570101), Hickling which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law