Brumstead, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

BRUMSTEAD (St. Peter), a parish, in the Tunstead and Happing incorporation, hundred of Happing, E. division of Norfolk, 1 mile (N.) from Stalham. [1]

Brunstead St Peter is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Norfolk.

Brumstead has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085. In the great book Brumstead is recorded by the names Brumestade, and Brunestade. The main landholders was Roger Bigot. The main tenant is said to be Robert from Roger Bigot. The survey also mentions that there were 30 goats, a church and a mill. There was a pannage or woodland for 16 pigs. In the survey the size of the local woodland was given as to the number of swine the woodland could support.The name Brumstead is believed to derive from the "place of broom".

The village has also been known for hundreds of years as Brunstead, as old maps demonstrate. Brunstead is also the name by which the village is known locally, and the name on the village sign.


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.

  • Tunstead 1837-1869
  • Smallburgh 1870-1938
  • North Walsham 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

Images of the parish register for this parish are available in historic records (formerly Record Search)
Norfolk Record Office reference PD 263/ 1-6 for Baptism transcript in progress

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

Poor Law Unions

For Tunstead and Happing see

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

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 for information about the parish Brumstead History for information about the church British Listed Building online British History online includes list of rectors Norfolk churches website


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 412-415.