Carbrooke Church and Commanderie

Carbrooke Church Interior

At the centre of the village and set on a high point, the Church and Commanderie was founded in 1193, but built over an earlier Church. By 1540 'The Commanderie of the Knights of St John'  had become the Parish Church, after the nationwide dissolution of the monasteries by Henry viii.

Carbrooke Patronal Festival of St Peter and St Paul is June 29th.

Carbrooke Church Website

Church Contact information

Vicar: The Revd Jane Elizabeth Atkins,The Rectory, Swaffham Road, Ashill, Thetford (01760) 441191


PCC Secretary

These  2 sites have information relating to Carbrooke Church:

Norfolk Churches Site (Carbrooke Page)

Wayland Churches Website

Carbrooke Church Tour - and glossary.

A brief guide to Carbrooke church, its history and items of interest.

Plans for the Future - Fundraising

Carbrooke Church is beginning a major fundraising campaign in order to maintain the building, install toilets and kitchen facilities.

'Faith Hope & Charity' - Carbrooke Church Lottery. All welcome to buy a ticket, operates along the lines of a '100 Club'. For more details, follow this link. 'Faith Hope & Charity'

These 2 books tell the story of 'The Commanderie of Carbrooke' and 'The Knights Hospitallers', click on the links, they can also be purchased from the church at £2.50 each

Carbrooke and the Commanderie of the Knights Hospitallers', a short history compiled by Helen Riley

The Knights Hospitallers, Who Were They? compiled by Helen Riley

Carbrooke Commanderie  Knights who were they Carbrooke History

English Heritage information regarding Carbrooke Preceptory.

Carbrooke Bells and Bellringing

The history of Carbrooke Church Bells compiled by Helen Riley.

Carbrooke Church Yard

'Father George'

A much loved, but sometimes controversial Vicar of Carbrooke 1927 - 55.

List of Carbrooke Commanders and Vicars not complete

Carbrooke Vicars Logs 1922 - 1981: Personal reviews of the events of the Parish, compiled by the Vicars of Carbrooke.

List of Carbrooke Church Wardens

East Window/ Mystery of Judith Chamberlain (researched by Mark Ward).

Carbrooke Parish Registers

Norfolk Baptism Project: A very useful site for anybody researching Norfolk ancestry. Carbrooke Baptism records 1812 -1880 have been added to this database.Hosted by ROOTSWEB

Carbrooke Baptisms 1881-1915

Carbrooke Marriages 1813 -1837

Carbrooke Burials 1813 -1868

Carbrooke Church registers are now  in Norfolk Records Office (80 items)  where they can be studied by the public, previously they were kept in the Parish Chest in the Church, which is still there, but not in the best of conditions! Those still in use are kept in the church.

Carbrooke Parish Chest 2011

Carbrooke Village, Wayland, Norfolk has a long and interesting history. If you have any comments, information, anecdotes or photographs, you would like to share, please contact us.

This is an ongoing project and it would be lovely to add more information.

Last updated 08.04.2013