Narborough Norfolk Family History Guide

Narborough is an Ancient Parish in the county of Norfolk.

Alternative names: Narburgh

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1691

Nonconformists include:

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Adjacent Parishes

  • Marham
  • Narford
  • Pentney
  • Swaffham

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

NARBURGH (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Swaffham, hundred of South Greenhoe, W. division of Norfolk, 5½ miles (N. W. by W.) from Swaffham; containing 360 inhabitants.

Narburgh, so called by the Saxons from the river Nar, was a British city in the fifth century, and subsequently, when governed by Earl Okenard, endured a long siege by Waldy, a neighbouring chieftain, who razed it to the ground.

The parish comprises 3445a. 3r. 34p., of which about 1562 acres are arable, 667 good pasture and meadow, 342 woodland, and 801 common, sheep-pasture, and furze.

The village is pleasantly situated on the road from Lynn to Norwich, and on the southern bank of the river Nar, which has a wharf, where is a considerable traffic in coal, timber, corn, &c. The Lynn and Dereham railway, also, has a station at Narburgh.

Here is one of the largest malt-houses in the county, 275 feet in length, and 50 in breadth, with four stories; the quantity of barley steeped in four days is 365 combs.

The living is a vicarage endowed with the rectorial tithes, with the living of Narford united, valued in the king’s books at £9. 10., and in the patronage of the Rev. Henry Spelman: the tithes have been commuted for £363, and the glebe comprises 94 acres, with a house. The church has at various times received additions and improvements; it contains some handsome monuments to the family of Spelman, one of whom, Judge Spelman, in the reign of Henry VIII., erected the Hall in the parish.

There are several earthworks and intrenchments, particularly a large fosse and rampart running hence, from an artificial eminence called the Burgh, to Eastmore Fen, and which defended the western boundary of the hundred.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records



  • County: Norfolk
  • Civil Registration District: Swaffham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk
  • Diocese: Norwich
  • Rural Deanery: Cranwich
  • Poor Law Union: Swaffham
  • Hundred: South Greenhoe
  • Province: Canterbury

This article was updated on March 28, 2023