"BEXWELL parish, 1½ mile E. of Downham, has only 70 inhabitants, three houses, six cottages, and 1,104 acres of land, belonging to Sir Thos. Hare, Bart., E.R. Pratt, Esq., and Mrs. Doyle. The CHURCH (St. Mary) is a small edifice, chiefly of car-stone, with a tower half round and half triangular, and one bell. The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7 11s. 8d., and in 1831 at £380, is in the gift of the Bishop of Ely, and incumbency of the Rev. E.J. Howman. The glebe is about 40A., and the Poor's Land 6A. The principal residents are the Rev. Edward John Howman, Rectory; and Alfred and Chas. Muskett, farmers." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Bexwell is about 11 miles S. of King's Lynn.



Church of St Mary
Monumental inscriptions.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


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 the Virgin.

Church History

No author
Guide to the parish churches of St Edmund, Downham Market and St Mary the Virgin, Bexwell.
[Church Publishers, 1968]
Church of St Mary
Description, history and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary
Pictures of the church.

Church Records

Farrow, C.W.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Bexwell Parish Registers 1558-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, Parish Registers of Norfolk, monograph series no.17, 1987]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Archdeacons' Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
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), Bexwell was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Bexwell 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 Bexwell has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Shaw, Christopher
Denver, Downham Market and Bexwell, Welney, West Dereham: a brief history for local and family historians.
[Printed by Spindrift Print and Publishing, Series: Downham Market and around Book 2, 2009]

Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF632036 (Lat/Lon: 52.605706, 0.408468), Bexwell which are provided by:


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 10 10 65
1811 11 11 47
1821 13 14 63
1831 11 11 53
1841 13 -- 70
1851 15 -- 87
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 16 -- 94
1871 14 17 85
1881 15 15 79
1891 15 15 63
1901 13 13 61
1911 -- 15 77

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.