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"BRIDGHAM, a small village in the pleasant vale of the Thet river, 2 miles W. of East Harling, and 6 miles E. by N. of Thetford, contains 328 inhabitants, and 2639A. of land, of which Sir J. S. Sebright, Bart., is principal owner and lord of the manor. Wm. Cockell and C. Harrison, Esqrs., have estates here. The CHURCH (St. Mary) has a nave, chancel, and north porch, and a wooden belfry, with two bells. It was new roofed in 1842. The Rectory, valued in K.B. at £11. 1s., and in 1831 at £400, is in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Currie, B.A., with 22A. of glebe." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

The name may also be spelled Bridgeham.



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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 Mary the Virgin.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description, history and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Parish Register 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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Bridgham was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Bridgham was in Thetford Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Harper, Charles Hugh Richardson
Breckland Portraits: recollections of a Norfolk parson.
Bridgham, Riddlesworth and West Harling.
[ISBN 1901470032, East Harling, Taverner Publications, 1997]
O'Neale, David; and Harper, Charles Hugh Richardson
A Breckland Time-piece: Tales of Bridgham folk and their Harling neighbours, in the words of 'Hugh the Harp'.
Bridgham Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Bridgham 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

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Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Bridgham Inclosure Act, 1804.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Bridgham, in the county of Norfolk.

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 35 50 242
1811 36 50 245
1821 37 61 294
1831 37 60 291
1841 61 -- 328
1851 67 -- 339
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 72 -- 328
1871 69 69 300
1881 47 71 274
1891 71 74 294
1901 64 69 255
1911 -- 65 254

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.

1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."
1881 Census
The number of inhabited houses really is 47.