The bishop’s registers of institutions (appointments of clergy) survive from 1299 onwards (see list DN/REG).
They record the institutions made by the Bishop of Norwich, giving:
Later registers often note the cause of the vacancy, such as the death or resignation of the previous incumbent.
The registers, 1299-1608, (except 1425-45) are indexed by parish and subject in DN/REG 17.
An index of institutions (c1299-c1725) arranged by archdeaconry, deanery and then by parish was compiled by Dr Thomas Tanner, who was chancellor of the diocese from 1700-31. See DN/REG 30-31.
This also includes a list of archdeacons and of priors and deans of Norwich, but it is not complete for every parish.
Tanner’s index was used by F Blomefield in his Topographical History of Norfolk (NRO and NHC), to which there is a personal names index.
T H Bryant’s Norfolk Churches (NRO and NHC) includes incumbents overlooked by Blomefield.
E H Carter’s Norfolk Incumbents for the Period 1660-1720, corrects and adds to Blomefield and Bryant.
For the period 1643-60, see:
The Diocese Book takes Tanner’s index up to about 1968 (see DN/REG 35). It is arranged by archdeaconry, deanery and parish, but has a parish index.
There is also an accompanying personal names index for incumbents and curates (see DN/REG 36).
Unfortunately the Diocese Book does not always overlap with the end of Tanner’s index and there is sometimes a gap between c1700-c1770. You can fill this gap by consulting the original bishop’s registers, each of which contains a parish index.
Later incumbents can also be found in:
These all contain lists of incumbents and parishes. The Clergy List and Crockford’s cover the whole of the Anglican Communion and make it possible to trace a clergyman’s career outside Norfolk.