These transcriptions from the early Salthouse Parish Registers were made by Commander Frank Stagg in the 1930s when they were still in good condition (before they were mistakenly buried in the churchyard to save them from being damaged by bombing during the 1939-45 war).
To see pictures of their present state in the Norfolk Record Office, click here

Extracts from the Salthouse Registers in the Sixteenth Century


38th year of Henry VIII (1546)

Henry Cowp, the son of John Cowp, 6 June
Margaret Tucke, the daughter of William Tucke, 20 July
Agnes Tucke, the daughter of William Tucke, 27 July
Alice Burne, the daughter of William, 9 August
Emme Niccollys, the daughter of Godfrey, 20 October
Robert Peersonne, the son of Robert, 20 October
John, the sonne of William Burne, 26 October
Andrew Howesgoe, the son of Rbt, 1 December
Margaret, the daughter of John Jamys, 28 Marc


2nd year of Edward VI (1548)

Margaret, the daughter of James Magnus, 26 August
George, the son of Robert Stanforth, 2 October
Andrew, the son of Godfrey Niccollys, 6 October
George, the son of John Jamys, 16 February
Alice Peerson, the daughter of Robt Peerson, 16 February


1st year of Edward VI (1547)

Katerine, the daughter of Richard Tucke, 8 May
Robert Carman, the son of Robt Carman, the last of May
Katerine, the daughter of Robert Stanforth, 1 July
Margaret, the daughter of George Parr, 18 July
Eele Cotton, the daughter of George Cotton, 28 August
Frederica, the daughter of Richard Cotts, 7 September
John, the son of Jeffery Ipworth, 22 September
John, the son of James Wysse, 28 October
Agnes, the daughter of Thomas Tompson, 6 December
John, the son of Thomas Gart, 6 January



3rd year of Edward VI (1549)

James, the son of Reynolde Andeley, 21 April
Richard and George Parr, sons of Robt Parr, 13 May
William, the son of Robt Howsgoe the younger, 26 May
Johanna, the daughter of John Cowp, 30 May
Alice, the daughter of Wm Tucke, 21 June
Robert, the son of Andrew Niccollys, 7 July
John, the son of Thomas Camplin, 7 August
Cecelie, the daughter of Richard Tucke, 21 September
Alice, the daughter of Jeffrey Ipworth, 17 October
George, the son of William Burne, 16 November
Avis, the daughter of James Mangles, 20 January


A note from Frank Stagg in 1930, says that "The above is a copy of the earliest complete page of christenings (there is only a fragment of an earlier page)."

Copyright © Val Fiddian 2003


Christenings from 1593 next page more christenings of 1500s


In the Middle Ages documents were dated not by calendar years but by regnal years, starting from the time that the monarch ascended the throne. Thus, a document of the third year of Henry VI, would be shown as such. In later records the Anno Domini year either replaced the regnal year or was given in addition to it. The calendar years have been added here in brackets. Before the introduction of the Gregorian calendar (which we did not accept until 1752), the inaccurate Julian calendar—dating from the time of Julius Caesar—was in force in England. The year began on Lady Day, 25 March, yet Margaret Jamyss, born on 28 March, was listed at the end of the year 1546 (above). The then rector of Salthouse, Stephen Prowet, may have been observing Old Lady Day (6 April) as the beginning of his calendar year.

Even today old customs die hard; one of our present-day dates, the starting of the official financial year on 6th April, is a survival of the Old System.