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GUESTWICK (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of Eynsford, E. division of Norfolk, 2½ miles (N. E. by E.) from Foulsham. The Independents have a place of worship. 
Guestwick St Peter is an Ancient parish in the Diocese of Norwich.
Guestwick is a village [ and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is 19.6 miles (31.5 km) south-west of Cromer, 18.7 miles (30.1 km) north-west of Norwich and 131 miles (211 km) north-east of London. The village lies 10.2 miles west of the nearby town of Aylsham. The village lies far from any major roads.
For the purpose of local government the civil parish is within the Broadland district.
The tower is part of the old Saxon church on the site; the remainder of the church was rebuilt in the 15th century and has subsequently been renovated.
In the Domesday Book, Guestwick is mentioned but as the settlement of Guistthwaithe and is described as an area of pasture land used by the people of the nearby village of Guist. By the beginning of the 11th century it has been recorded that the settlement had its own church and so had become independent.
Non-Conformist Chapel History
To the north of the church can be found the Guestwick's Congregational Chapel at Guestwick which is one of the earliest in England. It was built in 1652 but has been altered in 1809 and again in 1840. The one time minister John Godwin was the father of the political philosopher William Godwin and the grandfather of Mary Godwin who became Mary Shelley who is best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818).
The original timber framed chapel was replaced by the surviving brick built building which is now a private house.
See also Guestwick Chapel on Norfolk Churches
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.
- Aylsham 1837-1938
- Norwich Outer 1939-1974
Church of England Records
Guestwick, Norfolk parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
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|Guestwick, Norfolk Parish Online Records|
Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection
Norfolk Record Office reference PD 5/ 1-4, 50
This parish does not appear at FamilySearch Historical Records as no microfilm for the parish is held
A search of the Family History Library Catalogue indicates that the following Archdeacon's transcripts are on film but these have not yet been converted to digital images for publication
| Baptisms 1600-1610, 1624-1634, 1665-1737, 1754-1811 Marriages 1600-1610, 1624-1633, 1665-1737, 1754-1812 Burials 1600-1610, 1624-1633, 1665-1737, 1755-1811
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1526782 Item 2
Non-Conformist Church Records
Church records for Guestwick Congregational Church, 1694-1854 Microfilm copy of original records in the Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, England.
Norfolk Record Office reference: FC 11/1. Guestwick Church Book, 1694-1854 With account of the congregation from 1652 and lists of members, record of births etc.
Baptisms and deaths, 1694-1854. FHL BRITISH Film 2299708 Item 2
Births, baptisms and burials at the Independent united congregations at Briston and Grestwick, Norfolk, 1786-1840
Microfilm of original records at the London Public Record Office, London.
RG-4 series no. 1344
a. Census records from 1841-1891 are available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 438853. To view these census images online, they are available through the following websites for a fee ($) or free:
- FamilySearch has some of the British Censuses available.
- FindMyPast ($) has all available census records including images, and is free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and some public and academic libraries.
- Ancestry.co.uk ($) has now all available census records but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and at numerous public and academic libraries. The library versions are known as AncestryInstitution.com.
- The Genealogist.co.uk ($) has all available censuses and is free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
- FreeCen is a UK census searches. It is not complete and individuals are always asked to consider helping out with transcriptions.
Index for the Census may be searched at FamilySearch Historical Records
Poor Law Unions
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.
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