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Revision as of 20:47, 8 April 2013

England  Gotoarrow.png  Norfolk Gotoarrow.png  Norfolk Parishes

Parish History

GRISTON (St. Peter and St. Paul), a parish, in the union and hundred of Wayland, W. division of Norfolk, 2 miles (S. E.) from Watton.[1]

Griston St Peter and Paul is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Norwich.

The medieval church was renovated by the Victorians who replaced the orignial hammer beam roof. Recent discovery of the angels from this roof will lead to restoration.

The village is close to nearby H.M. Prison Wayland and RAF Watton airfield operated by the USAAF.


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

This parish does not appear on Record Search as no microfilm for the parish is held Norfolk Record Office reference PD 159/1-6
A search of the Family History Library Catalogue indicates that the following Archdeacon's transcripts are on film but these have not yet been converted to digital images for publication

Content Film
Baptisms and burials 1602-1609, 1623-1630, 1665-1812 Marriages 1602-1609, 1623-1630, 1665-1811 FHL BRITISH Film
1526739 Item 3

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://apling.freeservers.com/1891Census/Griston.htm transcript of 1891 census

Poor Law Unions

Wayland Poor Law Union    

 For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: www.workhouses.org.uk and http://www.workhouses.org.uk/index.html?Wayland/Wayland.shtml

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

http://www.achurchnearyou.com/griston-st-peter-st-paul/ for information about the church

http://wayland-heritage.blogspot.com/2010/03/copper-family-babes-in-wood.html the village is home to the wicked uncle of the babes in the wood

http://www.scribd.com/doc/30508538/The-Land-of-the-Babes-in-the-Woods-or-The-Breckland-of-Norfolk online book

http://wayland-heritage.blogspot.com/2009/10/digitising-griston-parish-records.html for digital record project for griston and other parishes


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 344-347. Date accessed: 25 March 2013.