Norwich St Helen, Norfolk Genealogy
Norwich St Helen is an Ancient parish in the city and Diocese of Norwich.
It is in the care of the the Norwich Historic Churches trust and continues to provide the church to the centuries old Great Hospital.
St Helen Church is part of the The Great Hospital complex founded by Bishop Walter de Suffield in 1249, ‘in remission of my sins,’ to care for ‘decrepit’ priests. With over 750 years of continuous activity, The Great Hospital is now a charity with a remit to provide housing and care for older Norwich residents with limited means.
Norwich, parl. and mun. bor., city, co. town of Norfolk, and co. in itself, on river Wensum, 20 miles W. of Yarmouth and 114 NE. of London by rail, 7472 ac.
Images of the parish register for this parish are available at FamilySearch Historical Records.
Parish registers for St. Helen's Church, Norwich Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1708-1856. FHL BRITISH Film 571603
No Transcript series for this parish survive before 1813
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
Poor Law Unions
- registration events post 1837 may be searched online at Free BMD
http://www.georgeplunkett.co.uk for historic photographs of the church
Norwich Historic Churches Trust http://www.norwich-churches.org/index.asp
The Great Hospital http://www.greathospital.org.uk/
- John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887. Date accessed: 27 September, 2013.