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"BANHAM parish has a small village on a gentle eminence, 2 miles from Kenninghall and new Buckenham, and 5 miles E. by N. of East Harling, and contains many scattered houses, 1165 inhabitants, and 3714 acres of rich loamy land, belonging to a number of copyholders and freeholders, many of whom are residents. The whole is in the Duke of Norfolk's manors of Banham Heath, Mareschalls, Greys, Beckhall, and Hockham, mostly on arbitrary fines. About 150 people are employed here in making bricks and tiles, and here is a fair for horses, toys, &c., on the 22nd of June. The CHURCH (Virgin Mary) is a large handsome structure, with a square tower, surmounted by a wooden spire. In a chapel lies the effigy of the founder - Sir Hugh Bardolph, Kt. The rectory, valued in [the] King's Book at £9. 3s. 6½d., and in 1831 at £800, is in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. John Surtees. The glebe is 34A. The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have a chapel here." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Banham is about 6 miles N.W. of Diss.



Simpson, Robert James
Memorials of Banham Church and selections from some of the most interesting of its restorations.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description, minister, services, picture, etc.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures of the stained glass windows.

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Banham was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Banham was in Wayland Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Banham, New Buckenham and Old Buckenham
News, events, description, organisations, maps, pictures, etc.
Banham Parish Council
Meetings, etc.
Banham, in history and tradition.
Banham Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Banham Tower Mill
Description, history and map.
Banham Composite Post and Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Banham is in Guiltcross Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Guiltcross Hundred
Description of Guiltcross Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Banham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801 181 191 1015
1811 134 205   978
1821 216 216 1195
1831 237 243 1297
1841 242 -- 1165
1851 256 -- 1195
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 253 -- 1163
1871 260 269 1176
1881 247 251 1142
1891 241 243 1059
1901 222 222   987
1911 -- 248   999

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."
1901 Census
"Including Banham Moor, and Hunt's Corner."