"CRIMPLESHAM, a dispersed village, 2½ miles E. of Downham, has in its parish 358 souls, and 1,573A. of land, mostly the property of Wm. Bagge, Esq., the lord of the manor. The CHURCH, (Virgin Mary,) has a square tower and five bells, and the living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8, and in 1831 at £74. The Rev. H. Spencer is incumbent, and the Bishop of Ely is the patron, and also appropriator of the rectory. The Rev. J.P. Royle, of Stradsett, is the curate. The tithes have been commuted for £525 1s. 8d. per annum, of which more than £400 belongs to the Bishop." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Crimplesham is about 10 miles S. of King's Lynn.



Church of St Mary
Transcriptions of memorials in the church, the roll of honour, and gravestones in the churchyard.
This is a link to an archived copy.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 in some records, and to the Virgin Mary in others.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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), Crimplesham was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Crimplesham Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Crimplesham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Crimplesham is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

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


Land and Property

Crimplesham Hall
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF650038 (Lat/Lon: 52.606957, 0.435931), Crimplesham which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



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 27 43 219
1811 40 45 261
1821 35 60 279
1831 58 60 320
1841 66 -- 358
1851 67 -- 329
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 71 -- 328
1871 69 71 318
1881 59 67 293
1891 58 58 277
1901 57 57 219
1911 -- 60 231

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.