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Bessingham

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"BESSINGHAM, 8 miles N.N.W. of Aylsham, and 5 miles S.S.W. of Cromer, has in its parish 139 souls, and 508 acres of land, mostly belonging to Mr. D. Spurrell, who has a neat mansion here; but G.S. Repton, Esq., is lord of the manor, and the Rev. F.E. Arden is patron of the Church (St. Mary,) which has a round tower. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4. 6s. 8d., and now enjoyed by the Rev. Henry Cotton. The glebe is 25A. and the tithes were commuted in 1839, for £137 per annum. Near the church is a tumulus of half an acre." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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The name may also be spelled Bassingham.
See also Bressingham.

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Cemeteries

The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of North Erpingham (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Bessingham.
See Trunch

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Repps, 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.
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Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Pictures of the church.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
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Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1725-1812, Marriages 1726-1811 and Burials 1725-1811.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
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), Bessingham was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

You can see pictures of Bessingham which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Bessingham is in North Erpingham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Bessingham 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

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (14): Bassingham in Sustead.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1821.
[1821]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG166370 (Lat/Lon: 52.886638, 1.218536), Bessingham 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
18011926103
18112028104
18212028149
18313031137
184131--139
185135--141
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186134--153
18713238150
18813031136
18913131125
19013333149
1911--29141

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.