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Beechamwell

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"BEECHAMWELL is a village, with several neat cottages, five miles W.S.W. of Swaffham, having in its parish 246 inhabitants, and 4,100 acres of land, of which 2,000 form a healthy rabbit warren, adjoining the Saxon foss and rampart, extending from Eastmore to Narborough. The Hon. Charles Spencer Cowper is owner of the soil, and lord of the manor, and resides occasionally at the Hall, a small mansion near the village; but generally at Sandringham Hall. Here are two CHURCHES, but that dedicated to All Saints is in ruins, and the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d., is consolidated with Shingham, in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Campbell. Here was likewise a church dedicated to St. John, but it was taken down many years ago, and its benefice consolidated with St. Mary's, a small but neat structure, at the east end of the village, covered with thatch, and having a tower, round at the base, and octangular above." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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The name may also be spelled Beachamwell.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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.
    There were also churches dedicated to All Saints and St John.
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Church History

Church of St Mary
Services, events, etc.
Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, address, etc.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures of the ruins.
Church of St John
Description and pictures of the ruins.
Tricker, Roy
Beechamwell Churches: A brief guide.
[Holt, Norfolk Churches Trust, 1980s]
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Church Records

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Barton Bendish, Beachamwell, Shingham, Boughton and Wereham.
News, events, history, churches, pictures, etc.
Beachamwell
Description, history and pictures.
Beechamwell Post Mill
Description and history.
Beechamwell Rainoll's Post Mill
Description and history.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Beechamwell is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

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

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Land & Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF751053 (Lat/Lon: 52.617589, 0.585791), Beechamwell which are provided by:

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Military Records

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Population

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
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
18012460221
18112541209
18213951288
18314347263
184148--246
185154--310
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186166--356
18717172376
18816464313
18917173363
19015555238
1911--65278

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.