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"CONGHAM is a scattered, but pleasant village, with several neat houses, 7 miles E.N.E. of Lynn, comprising in its parish 326 inhabitants, and 2,455 acres of land, with extensive woods and plantations, most of them embowering Congham Lodge. The common was enclosed in 1812. Henry Elwes, Esq. of Colesbourne, Gloucestershire, and Miss Hamond of Swaffham, own most of the soil. The former is lord of Rusteyns, Beleters, and Reed Hall manors; and the latter is lady of the manor of Congham, which was held successively by the Paston, Daniel, Wodehouse, Spelman, Mordaunt, and other families. . . . The CHURCH, (St. Andrew,) is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12, and in 1831 at £472. It was endowed in 1718, by Ellen Spelman, with houses, land, and tithes, then of the yearly value of £53 18s. 6d. John Roper, Esq. of West Dereham, is patron; and the Rev. Joseph Wright, M.A., incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.
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Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and picture.
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Church Records

Marriages 1581-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 9.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Congham was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Congham Smock Mill
Description and history.
Congham Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Congham is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Congham 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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Maps

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Freebridge Lynn Registration District, 1836 and nearby places.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF712236 (Lat/Lon: 52.783039, 0.537557), Congham which are provided by:

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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
FamiliesPopulation
18014649245
18115354237
18215556279
18315460290
184162--326
185166--321
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186168--315
18716670317
18816769331
18917272316
19016464288
1911--64253

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.