Bawsey, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

BAWSEY (St. James), a parish, in the union and hundred of Freebridge-Lynn, W. division of Norfolk, 3 miles (E. by N.) from Lynn. [1]

Bawsey St John was an ancient parish in the Diocese of Norwich.

The church has been ruined since the 1700's. It was previously recorded as a church in the Lynn denaery of the diocese.

A local landowner cleared the village in the sixteenth century.

Bawsey is a civil parish within the Kings Lynn area.


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.

The civil parish is within the following registration districts:

  • Freebridge Lynn 1837-1938
  • King's Lynn 1939-1974

Church records

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  refers for registers post the years of the Archdeacon's Transcript years to Gaywood, Norfolk PD 451 for Gaywood with Bawsey and Mintlyn

The parish registers for earlier years are not available on microfilm but the following Archdeacon's transcripts may be added in future to Historic Record Collections (fomerly Record Search) in future.

Baptisms 1600-1609, 1623-1636, 1668-1770 Marriages 1601-1609, 1629-1636, 1668-1768 Burials 1600-1609, 1623-1636, 1668-1766
1526742 Item 6

Poor Law Unions

Freebridge Lynn

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 177-181. for photographs of the ruined church for 1999 television broadcast of archaeology and further websites relating to the site for details of the village clearance