"WRETTON, a parish and scattered village, 1 mile W. of Stoke Ferry, and 6 miles E. by S. of Downham, has 533 inhabitants, and 1,102 acres of land, mostly the property of J.B.S. Bradfield and Roger Micklefield, Esqrs., the former of whom is lord of the manor of Wretton; but part of the parish is in Ravenham and Stoke-Wereham manors. The CHURCH, (All Saints,) is a thatched building, with a square tower and two bells. It is a curacy, certified at £10 2s. 6d., augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's bounty, in 1751 and '2, and consolidated with Wereham; the Rev. J. Royle being incumbent, and E.R. Pratt, Esq., the patron and impropriator. Here is a small Primitive Methodist Chapel." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 All Saints.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Wretton was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Wissey Valley Web Pages
Including Wereham, Wretton, West Dereham, Boughton, Stoke Ferry and Whittington in the Wissey Valley in West Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Wretton is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Wretton 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 TL690999 (Lat/Lon: 52.57056, 0.492579), Wretton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law