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Parish History

BESTHORPE (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Wayland, hundred of Shropham, W. division of Norfolk, 1 mile (E. by S.) from Attleburgh. [1]

Besthorpe All Saints is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Norwich.


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

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

Images of the parish register for this parish are available in historic records (formerly Record Search) Norfolk Record Office reference PD 309/1-8

http://www.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?register_id=59&district_id=24&document_type=150 Baptism transcripts

http://www.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?register_id=59&district_id=24&document_type=250 Marriage transcripts

http://www.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?register_id=59&district_id=24&document_type=300 Burial transcripts

Norfolk Transcription Archive

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tinstaafl/Church_Pages/besthorpe.htm for images of the church and Baptism Transcript 1813-1880 Norfolk Baptism Project

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.

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

http://www.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?register_id=59&district_id=24&document_type=400+ 1861 Census transcript

http://apling.freeservers.com/1891Census/Besthorpe.htm+  transcript of 1891 census

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

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. 223-228.

http://www.achurchnearyou.com/besthorpe-all-saints/ for information about the parish.

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=77142 British History online with list of rectors

http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-220298-all-saints-church-besthorpe British Listed Building

http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/besthorpe/besthorpe.htm Norfolk Churches website