Coroners

Please note, many records in this category are closed for 75 years from the last date of the file or register. Check the catalogues for details.

Liberty of Duchy of Lancaster and Dereham Coroner's District (COR 1)

The Coroner to the Liberty of the Duchy of Lancaster was based in East Dereham.

However, the Liberty included about 250 parishes scattered throughout Norfolk, predominantly in the Hundreds of North Norfolk. These include:

  • Aylsham
  • The Burnhams
  • Cromer
  • Fakenham
  • Holt
  • Hunstanton
  • Reepham
  • Sheringham
  • North Walsham
  • Wells-next-the-Sea 

Other parishes within the Liberty included:

  • Castle Acre
  • Haddiscoe
  • Methwold
  • Sprowston
  • Taverham
  • Tilney All Saints
  • Watton

East Dereham itself was within the Norwich County Coroner's District.

In 1935 the Dereham Coroner's District came into effect, following the 1926 Act of Parliament which abolished the appointment of Duchy Coroners. 

Records include:

  • Patents and inquest registers (COR 1/1)
  • Home Office returns (COR 1/2)
  • Inquisition files (contains depositions and verdicts) (COR 1/3)
  • General administrative papers (COR 1/4)

Norwich County Coroner's District (COR 2)

The Norwich City Coroner's District and the Norwich County Coroner's District were amalgamated to form the Norwich Coroner's District on 1 October 1978. 

From August 1977 to September 1978 the Norwich City Coroner, acting as interim Coroner for Norfolk County Coroner's District, dealt with cases referred to both the Norwich City District and to the Norfolk County District. Records include:

  • Registers of deaths (COR 2/1)
  • Case papers (includes depositions, post mortem reports and photographs) (COR 2/2)
  • Miscellaneous papers (includes general correspondence and expense papers) (COR 2/3)

Norwich City Coroner's District (COR 3)

The Norwich City Coroner's District and the Norwich County Coroner's District were amalgamated to form the Norwich Coroner's District on 1 October 1978.

Records include:

  • Inquest registers (COR 3/1)
  • Home Office returns (COR 3/2)
  • Daily record sheets (COR 3/3)
  • Inquisitions (includes photographic evidence from 1982) (COR 3/4)
  • Photographic evidence (COR 3/5)
  • Post mortem and sudden death reports (COR 3/6)
  • Returns from institutions (includes returns from Catton Grove, Woodlands Hostel and Bethel Hospital) (COR 3/7)
  • Miscellaneous (COR 3/8)
  • Miscellaneous (COR 3/9)
  • Coroner's newscuttings book (COR 3/10)

Great Yarmouth Coroner's District (COR 4)

  • Daily record books (COR 4/1)
  • Evidence books (COR 4/2)
  • Case papers (includes depositions, post mortem reports and sudden death reports) (COR 4/3)
  • Correspondence (COR 4/4)

King's Lynn Coroner's District (COR 5)

  • Appointments of deputy coroners (COR 5/1)
  • Home Office Returns (COR 5/2)
  • Case papers (includes depositions and post mortem reports) (COR 5/3)
  • Sudden death files (includes depositions and photographs) (COR 5/4)
  • Counterfoils (COR 5/5)

Diss Coroner's District (COR 6)

  • Inquest papers (COR 6/1)
  • Photographic evidence (COR 6/2)
  • Post mortem reports (COR 6/3)
  • Counterfoils of orders permitting disposal of body (COR 6/4)
  • Medical practitioners' certificate of death counterfoils (COR 6/5)
  • Counterfoils of Coroner's Certificate 'Form 90' (COR 6/6)
  • Coroner's certificate counterfoils of notification to Registrar of Deaths after inquest (COR 6/7)
  • Coroner's certificate counterfoils of notification to Registrar of Deaths not requiring an inquest (COR 6/8)
  • Counterfoils of Coroner's Certificate E ‘Form 102’ (COR 6/9)
  • Annual statistical returns (COR 6/10)
  • Expense forms (COR 6/11)
  • Correspondence (COR 6/12)
  • Publications (COR 6/13)