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Carbrooke History & Heritage Census's

Carbrooke, Norfolk is a small agricultural village, with a surprising and fascinating history, and influences through the centuries from around the world.

'Carbrooke Heritage Group' was formed in 2012, and has been involved in a number of projects to research, log and publish aspects of village history and to raise the profile of Carbrooke and its heritage.

The aim of this website is to bring together this information. If you have any comments, information, anecdotes or photographs to share, please contact us

Census' have been taken in Britain every 10 years since 1801, (except 1941) some of the pre 1841, are still available to research, although the information is very basic.The census' show us who lived where, family relationships, occupations, and age. The census have become more detailed as the years have passed, and some of the older documents can be difficult to decipher. There is a 'Hundred year Rule' meaning we are only able to access the census' over 100 years old.The next census due to be released will be from 1921.

Although there was no census taken in 1941, the government arranged a Register of Britains inhabitants in 1939, mainly to judge numbers availabe for  military call up, or war work. It was also used to help recognise requirements for the set up of the 1948 National Health Service. The register is available for reference, including a list of name, age, address and occupation of all those alive on 7th October 1939. Most records for those still living are closed. Subsequent name changes, such as for marriage are noted, and other later comments are included.

The 1939 Register for Carbrooke, Scoulton, and Ovington are included here.Taken on 7th October 1939.

Entries given on 'sheet 2' and 'sheet 4'

The 1841 Carbrooke Census was taken on night of 6th June.

This link will take you to a transcribed database. Entries in red are either illegible or undecipherable.

All 1841 census entries for those living in Carbrooke included in Carbrooke Family Tree

Statistics: Population: 807 persons in 163 dwellings, 2 uninhabited dwellings.

County of Norfolk, Hundred of Wayland, Parish of Carbrooke, Superintendant Registrars District: Wayland, Registrars District: Watton

Enumeration District 2 : All the South side of the Parish of Carbrooke, from Watton Boundary by the turnpike, to Carbrooke Mill Road, from thence to Chapel Street, Wood Farm and Cottage, Broadmore Road to Caston and Rockland Gap Boundary, by Griston Bounds to Southmore in Carbrooke.

Enumeration District 3: All the North side of the Parish of Carbrooke, containing Church Street, Manor house and Cottage adjoining Cranworth Boundary, Fen Road and Street by Ovington Bounds to Caudel Green, Drury Lane and Bridge Street in Carbrooke.


The 1851 Carbrooke Census was taken on night of 30 March.

This link will take you to a transcribed database. Entries in red are either illegible or undecipherable.

All 1851 census entries for those living in Carbrooke included in Carbrooke Family Tree

Statistics:  749 Persons living in 161 dwellings, 3 uninhabited dwellings

County of Norfolk, Hundred of Wayland, Parish of Carbrooke, Superintendant Registrars District: Wayland, Registrars District: Watton

Part 1: All that part of the parish of Carbrooke which lies west of the road, leading through the street up of Summer Lane to the Griston Boundary including the cottages on the Fen, Drury Lane, West side of the Street, the houses by the boundary (and on) the Turnpike south of the above named line (de li).

Part 2: All that part of the parish of Carbrooke which lies east of the street up of summer lane to the Griston boundary including all the houses east side of the street, the cottages up of the grounds, the houses in the road leading to Scoulton, the Hall, the houses in the turnpike east side of the above named line the cottages by the Rockland Gap, Mill house by Caston, Red Barn House and Cottages, etc etc


The 1861 Carbrooke Census was taken on night of 7th April.

This link will take you to a transcribed database. Entries in red are either illegible or undecipherable.

All 1861 census entries for those living in Carbrooke included in Carbrooke Family Tree

Statistics:   Persons living in  dwellings,  uninhabited dwellings

County of Norfolk, Hundred of Wayland, Parish of Carbrooke, Superintendant Registrars District: Wayland, Registrars District: Watton

Part 1 (WEST): All that part of the parish of Carbrooke which lies west of the road, leading from Shipdham Road to the Griston Boundary called Summer Lane, including the houses in Church Street, the cottages and farm on the turnpike to the Watton boundary, the cottages in Drury Lane, the Farm and cottages in the Fen Road, and in the Fen, the farm adjoining the Ovington Boundary.

Part 2 (EAST): All that part of the parish of Carbrooke which lies east of the aforesaid road, called Summer Lane including the cottages in Broadmoor Lane, Knights Farm and cottage, and those in the street, Ash Farm, the cottages in the Mill Lane, the farm and the cottages by the Griston boundary, the Hall and houses on the turnpike to the aforesaid Summer Lane, Red Barn Farm and Cottages thereby, with the Mill House by the Caston Boundary.


1871 Carbrooke Census was taken on night of 2nd April.

This link will take you to a transcribed database. Entries in red are either illegible or undecipherable.

All 1871 census entries for those living in Carbrooke included in Carbrooke Family Tree

Statistics:   704 Persons (361 males, 343 females) living in 166 dwellings, 11 uninhabited dwellings

County of Norfolk, Hundred of Wayland, Parish of Carbrooke, Superintendant Registrars District: Wayland, Registrars District: Watton

Part 1 (WEST): All that part of the parish of Carbrooke which lies west of the road, leading from Shipdham to the Griston Boundary called Summer Lane, including the houses in the Street, the cottages and the farms on the turnpike to the Watton boundary, the cottages in Drury Lane, the Farms and cottages in the Fen Road, and on the Fen, the farm adjoining the Ovington Boundary. etc etc

Part 2 (EAST): All that part of the parish of Carbrooke which lies east of the road, leading fromShipdham to the Griston Boundary called Summer Lane including the cottages in Broadmoor Lane, Knights Farm and cottage, and those in the Street, Ash Farm, the cottages in Mill Lane, the farm and the cottages by the Griston boundary, and the Hall and houses on the Turnpike to Summer Lane, the Red Barn Farm, Birds Farm and Cottages, and the Mill House by the Caston Boundary.


The 1881 census was taken on night of 3rd April.


The 1891 Carbrooke Census was taken on night of 5th April.

This link will take you to a transcribed database. Entries in red are either illegible or undecipherable.

All 1891 census entries for those living in Carbrooke included in Carbrooke Family Tree

Statistics:   534 Persons ( males,  females) living in  dwellings,  uninhabited dwellings

County of Norfolk, Hundred of Wayland, Parish of Carbrooke, Superintendant Registrars District: Wayland, Registrars District: Watton


The 1901 Carbrooke Census was taken on night of 31st March.

This link will take you to a transcribed database. Entries in red are either illegible or undecipherable.

All 1901 census entries for those living in Carbrooke included in Carbrooke Family Tree

Statistics:   552 Persons (268 males, 284 females) living in 133 dwellings, 10 uninhabited dwellings, 4 Buildings.


The 1911 Carbrooke Census was taken on night of 2nd April.

This link will take you to a transcribed database. Entries in red are either illegible or undecipherable.

All 1911 census entries for those living in Carbrooke included in Carbrooke Family Tree

Statistics:    545 Persons ( males,  females) living in  140 dwellings,  uninhabited dwellings,  Buildings.

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