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Old Buckenham

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"BUCKENHAM (OLD,) is a large village of detached houses, skirting a pleasant green of 40 acres, shaded with trees, and distant about 1 mile N. by W. of New Buckenham, and 3 miles S. by E. of Attleborough. Its parish contains 1255 inhabitants, and 4812A. of land, mostly the property of Lady Herbert, the Earl of Albemarle, and the Rev. T.P. Slapp, the first of whom is lady of the manor, now leased during her life to J. Cuddon, Esq., of Norwich. The fee of this place was given by William the Conqueror to William de Albini, whose son was commonly called "William with the strong hand," from his having (as the legends of chivalry relate,) killed a lion by thrusting his arm down its throat, . . . His father, disliking the old Saxon castle here, erected a new CASTLE upon the hill, a little farther to the east. . . . for Augustine canons. At the dissolution it was valued at £131. 11s., and granted to Sir Thomas Knyvet. But few traces of it now remain, though the foundation of its conventual church were extant in Blomefield's time. The parish CHURCH (All Saints,) is an ancient thatched edifice, with a north aisle and octagon tower, containing five bells. The benefice is a perpetual curacy, certified at £17, and valued in 1831, at £103. It was augmented by a parliamentary grant of £800, in 1769, and £200 given by Wm. Holbeck, Esq., in 1768. The rate-payers are the patrons, and the Rev. T.P. Slapp is the incumbent. The Baptists, Sandemanians, and Primitive Methodists, have each a chapel here." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Old Buckenham is about 8 miles N.N.W. of Diss.
See also New Buckenham, Buckenham (Ferry) and Buckenham Tofts.

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Census

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

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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 All Saints.
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Church History

Church of All Saints
Services etc.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures of the stained glass windows.
Church Bells
Church Bells, as described in 1874.
Turner, Brian
The Church of Old Buckenham.
[All Saints' Church Restoration Fund, the O.B. Series, 1992]
 
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
 
Primitive Methodist Church
Description, picture and map.
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Church Records

Rye, Walter
The First Register Book of the Parish of Old Buckenham in Norfolk, 1560-1649; transcribed, edited, and indexed.
[Norwich, Agas. H. Goose, 1902]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Old Buckenham was in Guiltcross Registration District.

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Banham, New Buckenham and Old Buckenham
News, events, description, organisations, maps, pictures, etc.
Old Buckenham
News, events, parish council, etc.
No author
Views of Old Buckenham.
[1903?]
No author
The Sporting Life of Old Buckenham.
[All Saints' Church Restoration Fund, the O.B. Series, 1990s]
Simpson, Miss, and Read, H.E.
Some Notes on Old Buckenham, 1944-1946.
[All Saints' Church, 1980s]
Turner, Brian
The Story of Old Buckenham.
[All Saints' Church Restoration Fund, the O.B. Series, 1992]
Wright, David
Memories of Old Buckenham.
[All Saints' Church Restoration Fund, the O.B. Series, 1990s]
 
Wright, David
The Story of the Mills of Old Buckenham.
[Old Buckenham, Old Buckenham Windmill Committee, the O.B. Series, 1997]
Old Buckenham Dam Brigg Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Old Buckenham Mill Farm Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Old Buckenham Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Old Buckenham Tower Mill
Description and pictures.
Old Buckenham Wilby Warren Post Mill
Description, history and map.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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Land & Property

Old Buckenham Hall
Pictures.
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (57): Old Buckenham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1790.
[1790]
Great Britain: Statute
Old Buckenham Inclosure Act, 1790.
An act for dividing and inclosing the commons, fens and waste lands within the parish of Old Buckenham in the county of Norfolk.
[1790]
Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
The White Horse Public House, Old Buckenham.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1985]
The first castle
Description and picture.
The second castle
Description and pictures.
Holland, John I.
The history of the castle of Buckenham, 1140-1649.
(From Buckenham Castle by Peter Westgate).
[New Buckenham, 1982]
Manning, Charles Robertson
Buckenham Castle.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.11, 1892]
Remfry, Paul Martin
Buckenham Castles (Old and New).
[ISBN 1899376283, 1997]
Westgate, Peter
Buckenham Castle.
[Norwich, Mackley and Bunn, 1937]

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Maps

Street map of Old Buckenham
Roads, buildings, etc.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM065913 (Lat/Lon: 52.480585, 1.039837), Old Buckenham which are provided by:

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Military Records

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Population

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
Houses
Families Population
1801 124 164   845
1811 200 200 1024
1821 227 234 1134
1831 242 259 1201
1841 272 --- 1255
1851 288 --- 1401
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861 287 --- 1214
1871 300 302 1218
1881 268 299 1146
1891 268 269 1063
1901 252 252 1005
1911 --- 268 1076

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."
1901 Census
"Including Cake Street, Fen Street, Puddledock, and Ragmere."