"BAWDESWELL, a neat and pleasant village, with a good inn, on the Norwich and Fakenham road, 4 miles W. by S. of Reepham, has in its parish 582 souls, and 1163 acres. Edward Lombe, Esq., is lord of the manor, but a great part of the soil belongs to Robert Leeds, Esq., the Misses Lloyd, (of the Hall, built in 1683,) and a few smaller owners. The ancient Church (All Saints,) of which the nave was destroyed by the fall of the steeple in 1739, was taken down in 1844, and rebuilt by subscription on a small scale, with only 317 sittings. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £7, and in 1844, at £330, is in the gift of E. Lombe, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Philip du Val Aufrere. The FREE SCHOOL was founded in 1728, for 12 poor boys of this parish, and 8 of Foxley, by John Leeds, Esq., who endowed it with a house and 16A. 1R. 14P. of land, now let for £20. 19s. a year. It is now conducted as a National School, for about 70 children, and is held in the building which was erected in 1781 as a Workhouse for the parishes of Bawdeswell, Billingford, Bintree, Bylaugh, Foxley, Lyng, and Sparham, which are now in Mitford and Launditch Union." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]


Bawdeswell is about 10 miles S.E. of Fakenham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Sparham, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

Church History

Bawdeswell Churches
Description, pictures, guide, etc.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Bawdeswell was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Bawdeswell Village Pages
Description, history, pictures, buildings, maps, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Bawdeswell which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Bawdeswell is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Bawdeswell 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: Statute
Bawdeswell and Lyng Inclosure Act, 1808.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Bawdeswell and Ling, in the county of Norfolk: 27th May 1808.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1808]
Bawdeswell Hall
Description, picture, and families.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG046209 (Lat/Lon: 52.746788, 1.030481), Bawdeswell which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Bawdeswell School
With old school photographs.