Norwich St Swithin, Norfolk Genealogy

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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

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.

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. The first film number is 438869.

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search. Find my Past 1911 census search

Poor Law Unions

Norwich Poor Law Union

See also England Norfolk Poor Law Union Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

Registration Districts

  • Norwich


England Jurisdictions 1851

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

External Links

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