Barnham Broom


"BARNHAM-BROOM is a small village, four miles N. by W. of Wymondham, and 9 miles W. of Norwich. Its parish includes the hamlet of Bickerston, or Bixton, nearly a mile N. of the church, and contains 494 inhabitants, and 1710A. of land, chiefly the property of Lord Wodehouse, lord of the manor of Barnham-Rysks and Bickerston; but the corporation of Norwich have a farm here of 90A., and are lords of the manor of Barnham Hawkins. The CHURCH (St. Peter and St. Paul) has a lofty tower and five bells. It is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12. 8s. 1½d., and in 1831 at £540, with the vicarage of Kimberley annexed to it, in the gift of Lord Wodehouse, and incumbency of the Hon. and Rev. Armine Wodehouse. Bickerston had anciently a church, the foundations of which are still visible. The CHURCH LAND is let for £4 per annum. . . . Here is a NATIONAL SCHOOL, erected four years ago, and attended by about 80 children." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


The name may also be spelled Barnham Broome.
See also Broome.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Memorial Inscriptions of the Church and Churchyard of St Peter and St Paul, Barnham Broom, Norfolk.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 2013]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Hingham, 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 Peter and St Paul.

Church History

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Services, history of the church, etc.
Church of St Andrew at Bickerston (or Bixton)
Description and pictures of the ruins.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
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 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Barnham Broom was in Forehoe Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Barnham Broom Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Barnham Broom Post Mill
Description and map.
Barnham Broom Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Barnham Broom Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Barnham Broom is in Forehoe Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Great Britain: Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims: Barnham Broom (19) and Bickerstone (6).
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1811.
Great Britain: Statute
Barnham Broom and Bickerstone Inclosure Act, 1811.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Barnham Broom, and parish or hamlet of Bickerstone, in the county of Norfolk: 4th April 1811.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1811]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG080075 (Lat/Lon: 52.625144, 1.071422), Barnham Broom which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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
1801  4067307
1811  4071373
1821  4380388
1831  8999463
1841  98--494
Year  Inhabited
1891  97  99412
1901  85  85357
1911---  85348

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.

1901 Census
"Including Pockthorpe and Rust's Green."