Norwich St Swithin, Norfolk Genealogy

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Guide to Norwich St Swithin, Norfolk ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Norwich St Swithin, Norfolk
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Norwich Borough
County Norfolk
Poor Law Union Norwich
Registration District Norwich
Records begin
Parish registers: 1700
Bishop's Transcripts: 1608
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Norwich
Diocese Norwich
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich
Location of Archive
Norfolk Record Office

History[edit | edit source]

Norwich, parl. and mun. bor., city, co. town of Norfolk, and co. in itself, on river Wensum, 20 miles W. of Yarmouth and 114 NE. of London by rail.[1]

St Benedict Street has four medieval churches, and there are three more on adjacent Pottergate, so it is no surprise that some of them are surplus to requirements; in fact, all seven are now redundant. St Swithin is one of the smallest, but it was already derelict in the 19th century. The tall, elegant tower, with the porch built directly into its south side, was taken down as unsafe in the 1880s, and the church was closed shortly afterwards, It underwent subsequent restoration but couldn't last, and by the Second World War St Swithin was redundant again. It escaped the blitz, despite nearby St Benedict being destroyed. After the war, as with many Norwich churches, St Swithin was left to rot, being used as a furniture warehouse, until it was born again in the 1980s as the Norwich Arts Centre.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]
FS PRs = England, Norfolk, Parish Registers, 1538-1900 (FamilySearch) - free[3]
TGEN = TheGenealogist - (£)[4]
Norwich St Swithin, Norfolk Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1700-1909
FS PRs Undefined 1700-1909 Undefined 1700-1914 Undefined 1770-1856
TGEN 1813-1909 1813-1909 1813-1890 1813-1890

Due to the proximity of St Margaret's and the fortune of St Swithin's church over centuries the parishes were amalgamated for the purpose of record keeping. It is necessary to view the Norwich St Margaret, Norfolk images on FamilySearch to view the records of St Margaret with St Swithin.

The arrangement of parish registers at Norfolk Record Office is a separate register series for each parish.

Non-Conformist Records[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. 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]

Norwich Poor Law Union

See also England Norfolk Poor Law Union Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]

  • Norwich

Maps[edit | edit source]

England Jurisdictions 1851

  • Norwich Ordnance Survey Map (Incl 1838, 1898-1899, 1922 and present day).

External Links[edit | edit source]

For description and historic photographs of St Benedict Street and it's churches

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles1887.Date accessed:3 October 2013.
  2. 'Norfolk Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 27 February 2014.
  3. 'England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1538-1900', FamilySearch, accessed 25 March 2014.
  4. 'Subscription Coverage Catalogue', TheGenealogist, accessed 11 January 2016.