"BRADENHAM (WEST) is a parish of dispersed houses, separated from the above [Bradenham, East] by a small rivulet, 2½ miles W.N.W. of Shipdham, and 6½ miles E. of Swaffham. It has 364 inhabitants, and 1703A. of land, mostly the property of W.M.R. Haggard and Barry Girling, Esqrs., the former of whom is lord of West Bradenham, and the latter of Bockenham Hall manor. The CHURCH (St. Andrew) stands on an eminence, . . . The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £7.1s.10d., and in 1831 at £296. It is now enjoyed by the Rev. R.J. King, of Wisbech, who is also lessee of the rectorial tithes, under the Bishop of Ely, the patron and appropriator. West Bradenham Hall, . . . the pleasant seat of W.M.R. Haggard, Esq., was built in 1772, by T. Smyth, Esq., . . . It was purchased of the Smyths, by the grandfather of the present Mr. Haggard, one of whose ancestors, Sir Andrew Ogard, held the manor in the reign of Henry VI., after which it was held by the Clifton, Knyvet, and Devereaux families. Col. Mason has an estate in the parish."[William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]
The name may also be spelled West Braddenham.
See also East Bradenham.
- Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
- St Andrew's Church, West Bradenham: Memorial Inscriptions, with index.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries
- In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
- The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.
- These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
- Churchwardens' Rates
- Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
- Valuation of 1823
- Names of people.
- Extracts from Parish Register Transcripts
- Ministers, names, and newspaper cuttings.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records
- 1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
- 1854: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
- 1864: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
- 1883: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
- 1883: Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from West Bradenham to another place.
West Bradenham is in South Greenhoe hundred.
You can see the administrative areas in which West Bradenham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Carthew, George Alfred
- A history, topographical, archaeological, genealogical, and biographical, of the parishes of West and East Bradenham, with those of Necton and Holme Hale, in the county of Norfolk, from the Public Records, Court Rolls, Wills, Parish Registers, and private sources.
[Norwich, Agas H. Goose, 1883]
- Parish outline and location.
- See Parish Map for Swaffham Registration District, 1836
- and nearby places.
This is a link to an archived copy.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF914083 (Lat/Lon: 52.639001, 0.827235), West Bradenham which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
- The Bradenham Book of Remembrance: the men of East and West Bradenham who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
- See Norfolk People and Families
These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.
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.
- 1901 Census
- "Including West End."
This has been found by the Norfolk transcribers for FreeREG, on page 25 of the West Bradenham register of baptisms 1791-1812.