Bunwell, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

BUNWELL (St. Michael), a parish, in the union and hundred of Depwade, E. division of Norfolk, 3 miles (N. E. by E.) from New Buckenbam. There is a place of worship for Primitive Methodists. [1]

Bunwell St Michael and All Angels is an Ancient parish in the Diocese of Norwich.

The church is large  with Perpendicular windows in the wide walls  . These contain what are among the widest naves and chancels in Norfolk, and a five light east window of about 1450. The burial ground around the church is also large.

Early Census

Bunwell is one of the few places where a census record before 1841 survives. Here is a link to the 1777 Census Transcription provided through Genuki.co.uk.

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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

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.

1891 Census Surname Index courstesy of Pat Greetham and Norfolk Transcription Archives

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

Parish Records

Norfolk Record Office reference Parish Records PD 712 /1-12

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England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts

Courtesy of Norfolk Transcription Archives the following are available online:


Poor Law Unions

Depwade Poor Law Union

Registration Districts

  • Depwade


England Jurisdictions 1851


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 431-437.