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Bacton, Norfolk

Historical Description

Bacton, a parish in Norfolk, on the coast, 4½ miles NE of North Walsham station on the G.E.R., and 19 NNE of Norwich. It includes the hamlets of Bacton-Green and Bromholm, and has a post and money order office under North Walsham, the telegraph office. Acreage, 1139, with 95 of foreshore; population of the civil parish, 394; of the ecclesiastical, 434. Ruins of a Cluniac priory, founded in 1113 by Baxton de Glanville, stand at Bromholm. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; gross value, £166 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Kimberley. The church is an ancient structure, with a square tower, has a good font, and is in good condition. There are a Baptist chapel and a coastguard station.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorfolk 
Ecclesiastical parishBacton St. Andrew 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1558., in association with Norfolk Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers for Norfolk online.


Church of England

St. Andrew (parish church)

The church of St. Andrew, standing on an eminence, is a building of flint, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells; the church was thoroughly restored in 1847, at an expense of about £800, and in 1895 the roof was restored at a cost of £25, raised by local subscription: in 1911 the tower and the western window were restored at a cost of £100: there are 250 sittings.


Baptist Chapel

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bacton from the following:


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

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Norfolk newspapers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictNorth Norfolk
Postal districtNR12
Post TownNorwich