Norwich was home for the Cutlock, Cullum and Neal families. 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).
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.
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)
Other towns and villages
The Watts family was originally were from Worstead, north east of Norwich. See history page on Worstead website. Worstead gave its name to a type of cloth produced there, and the size of the looms, usually installed at home pre-industrial revolution, led to relatively large houses. With industrialisation the trade declined and the last weaver died in 1882, according to the village history linked above.
Worstead St Mary baptism data (1813-1880) on Rootsweb – do read the health warning.
Howes family can be traced back to Besthorpe/Attleborough (south west of Norwich).
pronounced Haysbro. On the coast a few miles north east from Worstead and some of the Watts family lived here (may still do!).
- Norfolk Museums.
- Norman Foundation – founded on death of Alderman Norman, 1724, Norwich, for education of male descendants of close relatives. Some of our relatives by marriage attended the resulting school. Note the practice of ‘Norman’ appearing as a middle name, not just for male offspring, presumably to indicate the family connection and eligibility.
- Norfolk Record Office
- Norfolk Family History Society
- Norfolk Surnames List – surnames being researched and contact info for the researchers.
- For parish records online, see the Norfolk Baptism project on Rootsweb (1813-80). FamilySearch also has Norfolk parish register images from 1583 -1900, but you have to browse through by parish to find anything (no name index).