"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]


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



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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


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.

Church History

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

Church Records

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

You can see pictures of Bessingham which are provided by:




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.


Land & Property

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG166370 (Lat/Lon: 52.886638, 1.218536), Bessingham 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
Families Population
1801 19 26 103
1811 20 28 104
1821 20 28 149
1831 30 31 137
1841 31 -- 139
1851 35 -- 141
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 34 -- 153
1871 32 38 150
1881 30 31 136
1891 31 31 125
1901 33 33 149
1911 -- 29 141

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.