Attleborough, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

ATTLEBURGH, or Attleborough (St. Mary), a market-town and parish, in the union of Wayland, hundred of Shropham, W. division of Norfolk. [1]

Attleborough Assumption of the Blessed Virgin St Mary or Attleborough St Mary is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Norwich.

The church dates from Saxon times when St Edmund spent a year with priests at Attleborough before his coronation in 856.

Originally the church was in the shape of a cross with the Norman tower at the centre but in 1386 Sir Robert Mortimer partitioned off the chancel for the use of a college of 5 priests and built the present enlarged nave for the use of the parish.

The old chancel was demolished in the Reformation.


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.

  • Wayland 1837-1974

Church records

  • Images of the parish register for this parish are available in historic records (formerly Record Search) Norfolk Record Office reference PD 438/1-11
  • Baptisms: Attleborough Parish Register 1750-1772: Transcribed and hosted by Norfolk Transcription Archives
  • Courtesy of Tinstaafl Transcripts: Baptisms 1813-1880 for Attleborough St. Mary
  • Attleborough Wesleyan Methodist chapel  for transcripts of Baptism 1813-1880 Norfolk Baptism Project

Census records

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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search. Find my Past 1911 census search

Poor Law Unions

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

Wayland Poor Law Union

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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1664 Hearth Tax: Transcribed by Marg Keable and hosted by Norfolk Transcription Archives

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 108-112.