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"BRETTENHAM parish, in the vale of the river Thet, 4 miles E. of Thetford, has only one farm-house, a few cottages, 62 inhabitants, and 1888 acres of sandy land, occupied by John Palmer, and belonging to Sir W. B. Proctor, Bart., the lord of the manor and patron of the CHURCH, (St. Andrew,) which, with the rectory-house, was burnt down in 1693, but afterwards rebuilt, except the chancel, of which the arch of a large window still remains. The Rectory, valued in K.B. at £5. 12s. 6d., and in 1831 at £200, is in the incumbency of the Rev. Thos. Lewis Jones." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

The name may also be spelled Brettingham.
See also Frettenham.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of St Andrew
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.
Brettenham Monumental Inscriptions
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Medway Series, 2000?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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), Brettenham was in Thetford Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Kilverstone, Brettenham (and Rushford) Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Brettenham is in Shropham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Brettenham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Clarke, Roy Rainbird
The Roman villages at Brettenham and Needham and the contemporary road system.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.26, 1938]

Land and Property

Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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   9   9 56
1811   8   8 54
1821   9   9 50
1831   9 14 65
1841   8 -- 62
1851 11 -- 77
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 11 --   72
1871 14 18   81
1881 15 15   93
1891 15 15 103
1901 18 18   84
1911 -- 19   85

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.