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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Bacton St. Andrew|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1558.
Ancestry.co.uk, 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.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Bacton (St. Andrew))
Online maps of Bacton are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Norfolk newspapers online:
- Norwich Mercury
- Norfolk Chronicle
- Diss Express
- Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
- Norfolk News
The Visitations of Norfolk 1563, 1589, and 1613 is available on the Heraldry page.