Buckenham Tofts


"BUCKENHAM-TOFTS, or Buckenham Parva, is a parish on the river Wissey, 8 miles N. by W. of Thetford, containing only 77 inhabitants, 552 acres, a few cottages, and the HALL, a large handsome mansion, in an extensive park, on both sides of the river, belonging, with the manor, to the Rt. Hon. Alex. Baring, who was created LORD ASHBURTON in 1835, and resides here occasionally, with his younger son, the Hon. Fras. Baring. His other seats are the Grange, Hants., and Ashburton, Devonshire. Buckenham-Tofts Hall was founded in the reign of Charles II., by a Mr. Vincent. The Church (St. Andrew) was desecrated many years ago, and the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £3, is a small sinecure, belonging to the Rev. T. Newman. The ruins were cleared away about 22 years since, and the churchyard now forms part of the pleasure grounds near the hall." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Buckenham Tofts is also known as Buckenham near Tofts, Buckingham near Tofts and Buckenham Parva.
See also Buckenham (Ferry), New Buckenham and Old Buckenham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church was dedicated to St Andrew but the ruins were cleared in about 1820.

Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.
The Parish Registers of Norfolk: West Tofts with Buckenham Tofts, 1705-1837, transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, monograph series no.21, 1987]
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Buckenham Tofts was in Swaffham Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Buckenham Tofts Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Historical Geography

Buckenham Tofts is in Grimshoe Hundred.

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

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL834946 (Lat/Lon: 52.518284, 0.702225), Buckenham Tofts 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   4   4 24
1811   5   6 34
1821   6   6 29
1831 10 10 51
1841 12 -- 77
1851 11 -- 54
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 12 -- 60
1871 14 15 64
1881 13 13 49
1891   8 11 43
1901 10 10 42
1911 -- 11 54

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.