Little Cressingham


" CRESSINGHAM (LITTLE) on the steep acclivity of a fertile valley, 2 miles S. of the above [Great Cressingham], and 3 miles W. by S. of Watton, is a village and parish, containing 244 souls. and 1504 acres of land. nearly all the property of Sir Francis Lyttleton Holyoake Goodricke, Bart., of Stoodley Castle, Warwickshire, whose late mother resided here, at Clermont Lodge, a neat mansion, in a small park, now generally unoccupied. Of the CHURCH (St. Andrew,) the tower and part of the nave are in ruins, but the rest is in good repair. In the chancel are several memorials of the Clermont family, formerly lords of the manor. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in K.B. at £13. 12s. 6d., and in 1831 at £337. The Rev. R. F. Baker is patron and incumbent, and has lately built a new rectory house." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © E.C. “Paddy” Apling]


Little Cressingham is about 7 miles S.S.E. of Swaffham.
See also Great Cressingham.


Church Directories

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

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Description, history and picture.

Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.
Little Cressingham Parish Registers 1691-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, The Parish Registers of Norfolk, Monograph Series No.20, 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), Little Cressingham was in Swaffham Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Little Cressingham Smock Mill
Little Cressingham Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Little Cressingham Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Apling, Harry
Little Cressingham Wind and Water Mill.
[Norwich, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Windmills Trust, 1982]

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Historical Geography

Little Cressingham is in South Greenhoe hundred.

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



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

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF874000 (Lat/Lon: 52.565656, 0.762862), Little Cressingham which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law