Gayton, Norfolk

Historical Description

Gayton, a large village and a parish in Norfolk. The village stands 2? miles NE of East Winch station on the-G.E.R., and 7 ¼ E by S of King's Lynn, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Lynn. Acreage, 3287 ; population, 760. A Benedictine priory was founded here, in the time of William the Conqueror, by William de Scohies. Gayton Hall is the property of Earl Romney. The. parish contains the Freebridge-Lynn workhouse. The living" is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; net yearly value, £223-with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Norwich. The church is an ancient building of flint and brick in the Transition style. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


Ancient County Norfolk
Hundred Freebridge-Lynn
Poor Law union Freebridge-Lynn

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Gayton (St. Nicholas) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


Online maps of Gayton are available from a number of sites:

Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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National Library of Scotland. (Old maps) (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy). (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Norfolk 1563, 1589, and 1613 is available on the Heraldry page.