The Norfolk Record Office holds records from most of the 700 or so Church of England parishes in Norfolk and the Deanery of Lothingland in Suffolk, i.e., the area around Lowestoft.
Parish names are given in natural order, e.g., "Little Walsingham", not "Walsingham, Little" and "West Harling", not "Harling, West".
Clicking on the Find Catalogue button with no parish or benefice selected will produce a list of all the parish collections sorted alphabetically by title.
The catalogues are usually arranged with parish registers at the beginning. Depending on what has survived there are then sections for:
- Church and Benefice
- Vestry and Parochial Church Council (not the same as the Parish Council)
- Overseers of the Poor
- Surveyors of the Highway
- Mothers' Union
- Parish magazines
The Church and Benefice section describes documents relating to the maintenance and use of the church, the graveyard and other benefice property such as service registers, tithe apportionments, enclosure awards, faculties, glebe terriers, and restoration and repair files.
- Our main website includes advice on using parish registers for family research, tracing an Anglican clergyman, tracing the history of a parsonage (and other church property) and researching a Norfolk parish church.
- A summary list of Anglican parish registers and their transcripts held at the Norfolk Record Office is available for free as a downloadable pdf file.