Burnham Market or Burnham Westgate


"BURNHAM WESTGATE, OR BURNHAM MARKET, has its latter name from the market formerly held here, but it has been discontinued several years; the town is pleasantly situated on the Wells Road, 9 miles W. of North Walsington [sic. = Little, or New Walsingham], 22 miles N.E. by N. of Lynn, and 32 miles N.W. of Norwich. The parish contains 289 houses, 1,241 inhabitants, and 3,047 acres of land, partly the property of Sir Roger Martin, Bart., the lord of the manor, who resides at the Hall, a handsome mansion, beautified with pleasure grounds and shrubberies, and situated near the church. Part of the parish is in the Earl of Orford's manor of Burnham Thorpe. Sussex Farm, 2 miles north-west, is a large estate, and neat mansion, the residence and property of Hy. Etheridge Blyth, Esq.; and Cradle Hall, a large house and farm, 1½ mile W. of the town, belongs, with other property, to John Colthorpe, Esq., besides whom here are several proprietors. The town is about 2 miles south of Burnham Overy Staith, and some years ago had a small market on Saturday. . . The sea coast is about two miles to the north, and Holkham Park two miles to the east. The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Mary, has nave, side aisles, chancel, and embattled tower at the west end, with four bells. The living is a Rectory with the medieties of Burnham Norton, and Ulph annexed to it, valued in the King's book at £20 16s. 8d., and in 1831 at £768; the patronage is in Christ's College, Cambridge, and the Rev. Wm. Bates, B.D. the incumbent, who built a good rectory house in the Elizabethan style, in 1853." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]


Burnham Market is part of a group of parishes called The Burnhams.
See also Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy, Burnham Sutton with Ulph and Burnham Thorpe.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Burnham, 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 and pictures.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Catholic Church of St Henry Walpole
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), Burnham Market was in Docking Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Burnham Market Online
Description, history, pictures, businesses, etc.
Burnham Market Village Pages
Businesses, events, pictures, etc.
The Burnhams
Description and pictures.
Burnham Market Mill
Pictures and map.
Monbiot, Raymond
The Burnhams Book of Characters and Memories.
(Including Burnham Market, Burnham Overy, Burnham Thorpe and Burnham Norton).
[ISBN 0954256700, Burnham Market, 2002]
Roantree, Elizabeth
A walk around Burnham Market.
[ISBN 0951582100, Burnham, Burnham WEA, 1990]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Burnham Market or Burnham Westgate which are provided by:



See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories




Historical Geography

Burnham Market is in Brothercross Hundred.

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

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



Burnham Market Society
Burnham Market: Records and Recollections.
[Burnham Market, The Burnham Market Society, 1990s]
Burnhams Probus Club
Industrious Burnham: a conducted tour of the businesses of Burnham Market over the last 150 years.
[Burnham Market, Burnhams Probus Club, 1987]
Rye, Walter
Early life in the Manor of Burnham.
(Including Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Market, Burnham Overy, Burnham Norton, Burnham Thorpe and Burnham Westgate).
[Norwich, Samuel Miller, in "Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany" vol.1, 1873]


Faden's Map of Norfolk 1797
Extract, showing the Burnhams.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF835423 (Lat/Lon: 52.946673, 0.729817), Burnham Market or Burnham Westgate which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour for Burnham Market (Burnham Westgate), Burnham Norton, and Burnham Sutton.
World Wars 1 and 2.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law