"BUCKENHAM FERRY is a pleasant village, on a bold elevation above the Yare, 9 miles E. by S. of Norwich. Its parish has only 60 souls, and 923 acres of land. Sir Wm. Beauchamp Proctor, Bart., owns all the soil, (except 37A. of glebe,) and is lord of the manor, and patron of the Church, (St. Nicholas,) which is an ancient structure, with an octagonal tower. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, and in 1831 at £238, with that of Hassingham annexed to it, is enjoyed by the Rev. T.W.H. Beauchamp, who thoroughly repaired the church in 1820, and enriched the east window with stained glass, representing St. Nicholas and the four Evangelists. The Rectory House is a neat and commodious mansion in the Gothic style, erected in 1827-'8, with money borrowed from Queen Anne's Bounty, and £400 from the patron." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Buckenham is also known as Buckenham Ferry and Buckenham near Acle.
See also Buckenham Tofts, New Buckenham and Old Buckenham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, 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 Nicholas.

Church History

Church of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.

Church Records

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), Buckenham was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

Buckenham is in Blofield Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG361061 (Lat/Lon: 52.601119, 1.484525), Buckenham 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   6   6 40
1811   7   9 54
1821   9   9 31
1831   8 12 49
1841 12 -- 60
1851 12 -- 56
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 11 --   49
1871 17 17   74
1881 21 21 113
1891 21 21   95
1901 21 21 100
1911 -- 19   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.