Bayfield, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

BAYFIELD (St. Margaret), a parish, in the union of Erpingham, hundred of Holt, W. division of Norfolk, 2¾ miles (N. W.) from Holt. [1] This parish has been in ruins since at least 1845.

Formerly Bayfield was a parish in itself until its starting being covered under other parishes jurisdictions. "All the Registers belonging to Bayfield have disappeared."[2] Although a steady list of rectors from 1320-1744 has been identified.[3]

It appears that starting in the 1700s, Bayfield was under the jurisdiction of other parishes. At first, it apears that Bayfield was under Glandfords jurisdiction. Each of the Glanford Archdeacon Transcripts bills state "Glandford" on them until the year 1732 when a bill states "Glandford w Bayfield". For mid 1700 marraiges look for Bayfield brides amoungst the Blakeney Parish records. In 1825 Letheringsett's St. Andrew Parish Baptismal Register refers to an abode as "Extraparochial Parish of Bayfield"[4] 

In more recent times (by early 1900s) Bayfield was once again united to Glandford and the two ran a civil parish called Glandford-cum-Bayfield.[5] Both the Glanford Parish Church (St. Martins) and a Bayfield Parish Church (St. Margarets) are found on Bayfield Hall and its Estate. Both churches were ancient parishes, and both ended up in a ruins condition. However, in about 1882 Sir Alfred Jodrell, Baronet, inherited the estate and set about rebuilding the Glandford Parish (and also contributing to some other parishes) but he did not rebuild the ruins of the Bayfield St Margarets church, which, even today, remains in ruins. (Map that illustates this.)

Today the Civil Parish of Letheringsett with Glandford covers all of what was the Parish of Bayfield on the 1851 England Jurisdiction map.


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.

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

Archdeacon Transcripts

The earliest ones appear to have been lost. Later Bayfield was under the jurisdiction of other parishes. By 1732 the Glandford Archdeacon Transcripts bills change from stating "Glandford" to "Glandford w Bayfield".

First try: Glandford, Blakeney, Letheringsett or Wiveton, . Bayfield residents records might also be located in neighboring parishes of Cley Next the Sea or Saxlingham

Bishops Transcripts
Parish Records - Church of England

The earliest ones appear to have been lost. Later Bayfield was under the jurisdiction of other parishes.

Quaker, etc

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.
  2. T. H. Bryant, "St Margaret's Bayfield", Page 8, The Parish Churches of Norfolk, Hundred of Holt. (Norwich, 1900-1915) See
  3. T. H. Bryant, 'St. Margaret's Bayfield", Pages 9, 12. 'The Parish Churches of Norfolk, Hundred of Holt. (Norwich : 1900-1915)
  4. Church of England (Letheringsett, Norfolk, England), digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2013).
  5. T.H. Bryant, [The Parish Churches of Norfolk, Hundred of] (Norwich, 1900-1915)