New Buckenham


"BUCKENHAM (NEW) is a small, but neat town, with a large market place, and several short streets, 5 miles S. by E. of Attleborough; 15½ miles S.W. of Norwich; and 95 miles N. by E. of London. Its small parish contains 716 inhabitants, and only 315 acres of land, in the manor of Old Buckenham, and separated from that parish by Wm. de Albini, when he built the new castle; and for the purpose of strengthening his garrison when necessary, he created this new burgh, with the privilege of frankpledge, assize of bread and ale, a gallows, a weekly market every Saturday, &c., &c. The market is obsolete, but FAIRS for horses, cattle, &c., are held on the last Saturday in May, and November 22nd and 23rd; and Hirings for Servants a fortnight before Old Michaelmas day. . . . The CHURCH (St. Martin) is a handsome edifice, with a nave, aisles, chancel, and a square tower, containing six bells. It was built at various times; the north aisle about 1479, by the contributions of several distinguished families, of whom here are various memorials, particularly of the Knyvets, one of whom was Lord Chancellor in the reign of Edward III. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the parishioners, and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Fison." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


New Buckenham is about 7 miles N.N.W. of Diss.
See also Old Buckenham, Buckenham (Ferry) and Buckenham Tofts.



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.

Moat Lane Cemetery
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.

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 Martin.

Church History

Church of St Martin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Martin
Minister, services, etc.
Church Bells
Church Bells, as described in 1874.
Whitwham, Hugh
St Martin's, the Parish Church of New Buckenham, Norfolk.
[New Buckenham, The Church, 1980s]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
New Buckenham Wesleyan Methodist Circuit Transcripts
New Buckenham Wesleyan Methodist Circuit Transcripts
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Grimmer Gray, Dr and Mrs
Churchwardens' Accounts: New Buckenham, 16th-19th centuries.
[Card index in Norwich Local Studies Library]

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), New Buckenham was in Guiltcross Registration District.

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

New Buckenham
News, description, parish council, organisations, pictures, etc.
New Buckenham Archive
Description, history, articles, buildings, people, pictures, maps, etc.
Banham, New Buckenham and Old Buckenham
News, events, description, organisations, maps, pictures, etc.
New Buckenham Post Mill
Description, history and map.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of New Buckenham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

New Buckenham 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 New Buckenham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Rutledge, Paul
New Buckenham, a planned town at work 1530-1780.
[Norwich, Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group, 2000]
Rutledge, Paul
New Buckenham in 1542.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.45, part 2, 2007]
Rutledge, Paul
New Buckenham: Two borough charters.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.43, part 2, 1999]

Land & Property

Longcroft, Adam (editor)
The Historic Buildings of New Buckenham.
[Journal of the Norfolk Historic Buildings Group, Vol.2, 2005]
The castle is in Old Buckenham.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



Street map of New Buckenham
Roads, buildings, etc.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM089905 (Lat/Lon: 52.472534, 1.073911), New Buckenham which are provided by:


Military Records


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
Year  Inhabited

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.

1801 Census
The number of families really is given as 324.
1841 Census
"The decrease of population in New Buckenham is partly attributable to persons having left the Parish in quest of employment."
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."


New Buckenham Society
Description, meetings, etc.