"BILLINGFORD, a village and parish on the east side of the vale of the Wensum, 6 miles W. by S. of Reepham, has 353 inhabitants, and 1797A. of land. The Earl of Leicester owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor, and patron of the Church, which has an octangular tower and one bell. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 10s., and has 27A. 2R. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £365. 10s., awarded in 1840, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. Thos. A. Anson, B.A., is the incumbent. A National School was built here by subscription in 1844. The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel in the village. Beck Hall, which gives name to a large farm extending into the parishes of Bylaugh and Foxley, stands on the site of an hospital for poor travellers, founded by Wm. de Beck, at an early period." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Billingford is about 6 miles N.N.E. of East Dereham.
See also Billingford near Diss.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Sparham, 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 Peter.

Church Records

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

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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), Billingford was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

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Historical Geography

Billingford near East Dereham is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law