Burgh Parva, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

BURGH (St. Peter), or Wheatacre-Burgh, a parish, in the union of Loddon and Clavering, hundred of Clavering, E. division of Norfolk, 6¾ miles (E. N. E.) from Beccles. [1]

Burgh Parva has been described as a "decayed parish".  In the early 19th century it was said to total 400 acres, and belonged to Lord Hastings.  But the civil parish has long been absorbed into Melton Constable.  Burgh Parva today contains only the church and the Hall along with its farm buildings.  St. Mary's Church has been in ruins since the 17th century, with only the tower just about intact today.  Beside it stands the 'Tin Church' which was built early in the last century.  The Hall is 17th-century, originally part of the Melton Constable estate and used to house younger members of the Astley family. The North Wing was added in 1820 and became a serarate residence in the 1990s.



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

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Census records


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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. 431-437.