Narford Norfolk Family History Guide

Narford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Norfolk.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1596
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1692

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist

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Adjacent Parishes

  • East Walton
  • South Acre
  • Pentney
  • West Acre
  • Narborough
  • Swaffham

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

NARFORD (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Swaffham, hundred of South Greenhoe, W. division of Norfolk, 4¾ miles (N. W.) from Swaffham; containing 113 inhabitants, and comprising 2396a. 3r. 35p.

The place seems to have been a Roman station, from the bricks, urns, and other relics that have been discovered. Narford Hall was built by Sir Andrew Fountaine, vice-chamberlain to Queen Caroline (consort of George II.), and the companion of Pope, Swift, and their literary society; he enriched the mansion with a collection of antiquities, paintings, and curiosities, which has been considerably increased by the present proprietor.

The park, in which the church is picturesquely situated, contains some very fine timber, and a beautiful lake 60 acres in extent, well stocked with trout.

The village, on the north of which runs the river Nar, is said to have been a mile long in the time of William the Conqueror; and in the reign of Edward III. Sir Thomas de Narford obtained for it a market and two fairs, long since fallen into disuse.

The living is a discharged vicarage, united to the living of Narburgh, and valued in the king’s books at £6. 13. 4.; appropriator, the Bishop of Ely. The great tithes have been commuted for £185, and the vicarial for £144. 17.

Brigge Fountaine, Esq., a translator of Don Quixote, was a native of the parish, and dying in 1825, in the 82nd year of his age, was buried here.

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