Grimston, Norfolk Genealogy

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Guide to Grimston, Norfolk ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records. {{Infobox England Jurisdictions

Grimston, Norfolk
Grimston St Botolph.JPG
Type Ancient parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Freebridge-Lynn
County Norfolk, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Freebridge Lynn
Registration District Freebridge Lynn
Records begin
Parish registers: 1552
Bishop's Transcripts: 1600
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Lynn
Diocese Norwich
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich
Location of Archive
Norfolk Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

GRIMSTONE (St. Botolph), a parish, in the union and hundred of Freebridge-Lynn, W. division of Norfolk, 7½ miles (E. by N.) from Lynn. [1]

Grimston St Botolph's is an Ancient parish in the diocese of Norwich.

Church of St.Botolph has late Saxon or early Norman origins, largely extended in the 14th and 15th centuries.

The village is just a few miles away from the Royal family's residence at Sandringham. The village was built on a spring line, and a Roman Village was found in 1903, 300 yards West of St.Botolph's Church. Subsequently Roman villas were found in the neighbouring villas of Gayton Thorpe and Well Hall to the South and Congham and Appleton the North. Some red bricks from the Villa were re-used in the church, on buttresses and on the South Wall. Grimston, and particularly the nearby hamlet of Pott Row were quite significant centres of pottery production from the 11th to 16th centuries and important suppliers of this to Scandinavia. Grimstonware finds have also been made in Italy and Spain. Pots often had faces carved just under the rim. Some of these can be seen in local Museums including the Castle Museum, Norwich.

Adam Thorowgood was born in Grimston in July 1604. He was a prominent Virginia settler in the 1620s, naming the city of Norfolk after his home county and the district of Thoroughgood in Virginia Beach is named after him, and a house he built there is open as a museum.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

  • Freebridge Lynn 1837-1938
  • King's Lynn 1939-1974

Church records[edit | edit source]

Grimston, Norfolk Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[2]
FREG = FreeREG - free[3]
FS ATs = England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812 (FamilySearch) - free[4]
FS BTs = England, Norfolk, Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941 (FamilySearch) - free[5]
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - (£)[6]
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[7]
Grimston, Norfolk Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

FREG 1600-1812
1600-1812, 1837-1868
FS ATs 1600-1812 1600-1812 1600-1812
FS BTs Undefined Undefined Undefined Undefined Undefined Undefined


Browse Bishop's Transcript Images on FamilySearch

This parish's registers do not appear on FamilySearch as no microfilm for the parish is held
A search of the FamilySearch Catalogue identifies the following Archdeacon's transcripts:

Content Film
Baptisms, burials and marriages 1600-1609, 1623-1631, 1668-1812 FHL BRITISH Film
1526743 Item 2

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: and

Norfolk Poor Law Union, Norfolk Genealogys

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Norfolk Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 344-347.Date accessed: 25 March 2013.
  2. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987).
  3. 'Norfolk Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 25 February 2014.
  4. 'England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812,' FamilySearch, accessed 31 March 2014.
  5. 'England, Norfolk, Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941', FamilySearch, accessed 31 March 2014.
  6. 'Norfolk Coverage,' The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 8 February 2014.
  7. Pallot's Marriage and Births Indexes: Guide to Parishes, n.d.
  8. 'England, Norfolk, Church of England Bishops' Transcripts Parish Search/Grimston', FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 11 April 2016.