Bacton, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

BACTON (St. Andrew), a parish, in the Tunstead and Happing incorporation, hundred of Tunstead, E. division of Norfolk, 4¼ miles (N. E. by E.) from North Walsham. There is a place of worship for Particular Baptists.

Bacton St Andrew is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Norwich and includes Keswick, Bromholm, Brimholm, and Bacton Green.

Bacton, in the middle ages, was home to Broomholm Priory, possessor of a substantial piece of the true cross and one of the largest pilgrimage centres in East Anglia. Due to the presence of the Priory the church is relatively modest.

Bacton is nowadays home to the giant landfall of the North Sea gas terminal and delivery pipeline for a large part of England.


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.

Registration Districts
  • Tunstead 1837-1869
  • Smallburgh 1870-1938
  • North Walsham 1939-1974

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.

This parish does not appear on Record Search as no microfilm for the parish is held. A search of the Family History Library Catalogue indicates that the following Archdeacon's transcripts are on film but these have not yet been converted to digital images for publication.

Other Content FHL Film
Baptisms and burials 1725-1812. Marriages 1725-1811. BRITISH 1526819 Item 6
Non-Conformist Churches

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.  transcript of 1891 census

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

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 for information about the parish. coastal group website British Listed building British history online Norfolk Churches website


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 124-128.</ref>