Beeston cum Bittering


"BEESTON, or Beeston-next-Mileham, is a large scattered village and parish, 7 miles W. of East Dereham, united with Bittering Parva, for the support of the poor, the two parishes containing 696 souls, 187 houses, and 2,456a. of land, of which only 16 souls and 392a. are in Bittering Parva. The Rev. C. B. Barnwell is patron of the Church and lord of the manor of Beeston, in which the copyholds are subject to a fine of 2s. or a ploughshare, on every death or alienation. Church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a rectory, valued in the King's book at £13, enjoyed by the Rev. Jno. Nelson, M.A., who has a yearly rent of £550, in lieu of tithes. The Free School, founded by the Rev. C. B. Barnwell, in 1806, for twelve poor children, is endowed with £6 a year for the master, and £1 a year to provide bibles." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]


This parish was united with Little Bittering to form Beeston-cum-Bittering.

There are 4 parishes called Beeston in Norfolk.
Beeston Regis is 3 miles west of Cromer.
Beeston St Andrew is 3 miles north of Norwich.
Beeston St Lawrence is 10 miles north east of Norwich.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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 St Mary.

Church History

Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
St Mary's Church, Beeston-next-Mileham.
[London, Home Words, 1959]

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Beeston is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property



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Poor Houses, Poor Law