Norwich and Norfolk East Anglian Roots

Norwich

Norwich was home for the Cutlock, Cullum and Neal families, and for a while Howes too. Also Lake, Laddiman, Andrews, Crompton, Curtis, Dashwood, Gunton, Neve, Rallison and others.

My rough and ready attempt at showing distribution (concentration) of families in Norwich, 1901 census to about 1920 is on Google Maps (that’s a proper Google link now).

Guernsey Road – Number 7, 4th on right, home of Neal family. Perhaps early 1920s

St Augustines Norwich Place Names gives some helpful descriptions of roads or paths no longer in existence and also of Yards in the parish.

George Plunkett’s photographs of old Norwich, including by street.

Magdalen Street – definitely not 1991 as written on the postcard!

Norwich Yards

Norwich Courts and Yards: these were back alleys crammed with small homes and workshops (indeed combined home and workshop) which grew up in central Norwich. Most were swept away in city improvements but some evidence still exists.

Some yards occupied by those in the family tree:

  • Bixfields Buildings (Bishop)
  • Clarkes Building (Howes)
  • Cross Keys Yard (Andrews)
  • Crown Court Yard (Neal/Smith)
  • Duttons Court (Neal)
  • Globe Yard (Andrews)
  • Goldencross (Laddiman)
  • Ninham’s Court (Cutlock)
  • Norris Court (Neal)
  • Priory Yard (Crompton)
  • Red Lion Yard (Cutlock/Plunkett)
  • Rose Yard (Howes)
  • Sultzer’s Yard/Court (Sales)
  • Walkers Buildings? (Rallison)
  • Water Willow? – next to Fullers Hole (Futter/Crompton)

Find photos, descriptions and aural memories of some at Norwich Yards, or for a more complete list and locations see GenUKI (Origins) website.

Other towns and villages

Worstead

The Watts family was originally from Worstead, north east of Norwich. Worstead gave its name to a type of cloth produced there, and the size of the looms, usually installed at home prior to the industrial revolution, led to relatively large houses. With industrialisation the trade declined and the last weaver died in 1882, according to village history which was on the Worstead website. (The Worstead section of Norfolk Parishes has some village history.)

Extract from National Gazetteer 1868:

Worstead 1868 gazetteer

Pigot’s 1830 directory also says:

Formerly a market was held here on Saturday; this has long since been discontinued; there is still an annual fair, which takes place on the 12th of May, for neat stock, horses, and sundries.
The parish contained, by the returns to parliament in
1821, 706 inhabitants.

This directory lists 2 blacksmiths and 2 wheelwrights in the village, 3 boot & shoe makers. Just the one miller, The New Inn and the White Horse pub. One of the two bricklayers is a William Watts. John Rooke is a collar maker and rope manufacturer.

Worstead population per 1861 census: 751.

Worstead St Mary baptism data (1813-1880) from Norfolk Baptism Project – do read the health warning.

Besthorpe

Howes family can be traced back to Besthorpe/Attleborough (south west of Norwich).

Happisburgh

pronounced Haysbro. On the coast a few miles north east from Worstead and some of the Watts family lived here (may still do!). 1861 population: 584.

Yarmouth

along with Lowestoft across the county border in Suffolk, the home for the nautical side of the family. See Entirely to the Water from Birth for the Harper Smith connection. Yarmouth (town) population per 1861 census: 34,810.

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