Ashby with Oby and Thurne, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

ASHBY (St. Mary), a parish, in the East and West Flegg incorporation, hundred of West Flegg, E. division of Norfolk, 4 miles (N.) from Acle. This parish, which was consolidated with those of Thirne and Oby in 1604. [1]

Ashby with Oby and Thurne is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Norfolk, created in 1604 from Ashby with Oby Ancient Parish and Thurne Ancient Parish.

Thurne St Edmund is the parish church a Norman church with thatched roof.

Thurne is the Saxon word for a thorn bush. 


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

  • Flegg 1837-1924
  • Yarmouth and Flegg 1925-1938
  • Acle 1939-1974
  • Norwich Outer
  • Norwich

Church records

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes. Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Norfolk Record Office reference for combined parish registers of Ashby, Oby and Thurne PD308/1-3, 5-7

This parish does not appear in Record Search since no microfilm is held for the parish of St Edmund Thurne

Census records


Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Norfolk Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Poor Law Unions

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: and

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 81-85. for information about he parish British listed buildings for information about the church and village includes list of rectors of Thurne Norfolk Churches with photos of the church