Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

BURNHAM-THORPE (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Docking, hundred of Brothercross, W. division of Norfolk, 1½ mile (E. by S.) from BurnhamWestgate. [1]

Burnham Thorpe All Saints is an Ancient parish in the Diocese of Norwich.

Burnham Thorpe is a small village and civil parish on the River Burn and near the coast of Norfolk in the United Kingdom. It is famous for being the birthplace of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, victor at the Battle of Trafalgar and one of Britain's greatest heroes. At the time of his birth, Nelson's father, Edmund Nelson, was rector of the church in Burnham Thorpe.

The house in which Nelson was born was demolished soon after his father's death, though the rectory that replaced it and the church at which his father preached can still be seen. The site of the former rectory is marked by a roadside plaque.
For local government purposes the civil parish is part of the King's Lynn and West Norfolk District.


Civil Registration

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.

Church 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 571

Parish registers Microfilm copies of original records in the Norfolk Record Office, Norwich. Norfolk Record Office no.: PD571/22.

Baptisms, 1559-1661, marriages, 1559-1650, burials, 1559-1649; baptisms & burials, 1662-1812, marriages, 1652-1754; baptisms, 1813-1892, marriages, 1754-1811, banns, 1754-1823; marriages, 1813-1837; marriages, 1837-1925; burials, 1813-1901. FHL BRITISH Film 1565791 Items 27 - 33
Banns, 1823-1913. FHL BRITISH Film 2147146 Item 11

Archdeacons transcripts, 1725-1812

Baptisms and burials 1725-1812 Marriages 1725-1811 FHL BRITISH Film 1526789 Item 18

See also

England Norfolk Church of England Parish Registers and Bishops’ Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Census records


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.

Index for the Census may be searched at FamilySearch Historical Records

Poor Law Unions

Docking Poor Law Union, Norfolk

Parish poor law records, 1707-1792 Microfilm copy of original records in the Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, England.

Norfolk Record Office no.: PD 571/18

Overseers' accounts, 1707-1792 FHL BRITISH Film 1702277 Item 13

Churchwardens' accounts and rates of Burnham-Thorpe, 1788-1826 Microreproduction of original records at the Norfolk Record Office, Norwich. Norfolk Record Office nos.: PD571/17.

Rates, which are taxes, are determined by property valuation, therefore church, poor and highway rates generally list owners and occupiers of properties. In some cases, they are listed alphabetically by surname.

Churchwardens' accounts and rates, 1788-1826 (not complete for all years). FHL BRITISH Film 2186443 Item 11

Probate records

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.

Tax Records

  • 1597 Subsidy Taxes: Transcribed by Geoff Lowe and housed by Norfolk Transcription Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 440-445.