Worstead Norfolk Family History Guide

Worstead is an Ancient Parish in the county of Norfolk. 

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1698

Nonconformists include: Particular Baptist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Tunstead
  • Sloley
  • Honing
  • North Walsham
  • Westwick
  • Dilham

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WORSTEAD, a village and a parish in Tunstead district, Norfolk. The village stands 3 miles SSE of North Walsham r. station; was anciently called Worstede; was once a manufacturing and market town; gave name to worsted stuffs, the manufacture of which was commenced in it in the time of Henry I., and transferred to Norwich in that of Richard II.; and has a post-office under Norwich, and a large fair on 12 and 13 May. The parish includes five hamlets, and comprises 2,603 acres. Real property, £4,896. Pop., 751. Houses, 195. The property is divided chiefly among four. W. house is the seat of the Hon. W. R. Rous; and Lyngate House, of T. Balls, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £251. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of N. The church is decorated English, and has a pinnacled tower. There are a Baptist chapel, national and British schools, alms houses, and other charities £31.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


County: Norfolk
Civil Registration District: Tunstead
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk
Diocese: Norwich
Rural Deanery: Waxham
Poor Law Union: Tunstead and Happing
Hundred: Tunstead
Province: Canterbury