Burnham Thorpe

"BURNHAM-THORPE, a considerable village and parish, pleasantly seatedin the vale of a small rivulet, about a mile E. by S. of BurnhamMarket, has 396 inhabitants, and 2,321 acres of land, of which the Earlof Orford is principal owner, and lord of the manor; but the Earl ofLeicester and J. Morse, Esq., and several others, have small estateshere. The manor is mostly on arbitrary fines, and with the whole ofthe Earl of Orford's estate, in this parish, was purchased by PeterLombard, Esq., in 1755, and passed from him to the Earl's ancestor,Horatio Lord Walpole, of Wolterton. The hall, now a farm-house,has been a large moated mansion.Burnham-Thorpe formerly had a weekly market on Saturday, and will everbe memorable in the annals of fame, for having been the birth-placeof that eminently distinguished, and ever-to-be-lamented hero,Admiral Lord Nelson, whose father was many years rector of thisparish, and also of Burnham Sutton. A brief memoir of this illustrioushero is already inserted at page 265, with the history of Yarmouth,where an elegant Naval Pillar has been raised to his memory.(Vide p.249.)The CHURCH (St. Peter [sic - this should be All Saints],) containsseveral marble tablets to the memoryof the Nelson family, and has a nave, chancel, north aisle, porch andtower. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £19 10s.,and in 1831 at £500, has 29A. 2R. 23P. of glebe, with a neatresidence built near the site of that in which Nelson was born. TheEarl of Orford is patron, and the Rev. Daniel Everard, M.A., incumbent."[William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845 - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Burnham Thorpe is about 12 miles E. of Hunstanton.
It is part of a group of parishes called The Burnhams.
Admiral Nelson was born here in 1758.
See also Burnham Market
and Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy and Burnham Sutton with Ulph.


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 All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Pictures of the gargoyles.

Church Records

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), Burnham Thorpe was in Docking Registration District.

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Description & Travel

The Burnhams
Description and pictures.
Burnham Thorpe Mill
Description and history.
Monbiot, Raymond
The Burnhams Book of Characters and Memories.
(Including Burnham Market, Burnham Overy, Burnham Thorpe and Burnham Norton).
[ISBN 0954256700, Burnham Market, 2002]

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Historical Geography

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



(No author)
A history of Burnham Thorpe
[Norwich, Goose and Son Ltd, 1937]
Hibberd, Henry, Rector of Burnham Thorpe (Presbyter Ignotus)
A History of Burnham Thorpe, Lord Nelson's Birthplace.
[Norwich, 1965]
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]

Land & Property

Burnham Thorpe Copyhold Documents
Manorial Surrenders of Land and Property, 1803-1856.
[Archive CD Books, 2002]

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF854415 (Lat/Lon: 52.938552, 0.757884), Burnham Thorpe which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour for Burnham Thorpe.
World Wars 1 and 2.

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Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law