East Dereham


"DEREHAM (EAST), a market-town and parish in the hundred of MITFORD, county of NORFOLK, 17 miles (W.N.W.) from Norwich, and 101 (N.E. by N.) from London, containing 3244 inhabitants, and, including the hamlet of Dillington, in the hundred of Launditch, 3273. This place, anciently called Deerham, from the number of deer by which it was frequented, and distinguished by its adjunct from a village of the same name, is of very remote antiquity. . . . In 1581, the town suffered severely from fire, and in 1679 the greater part of it was by a similar calamity reduced to ashes. It is pleasantly situated nearly in the centre of the county, and within the last century has been so materially improved by widening and levelling the streets, as to render it one of the handsomest market-towns in Norfolk . . . . The living is a vicarage with the perpetual curacy of Hoe, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk, and diocese of Norwich, rated in the king's books at £17. 3. 4., and in the patronage of the Crown; there is also a rectory, rated at £41. 3. 1. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, formerly the conventual church of the monastery of St. Withburga, and made parochial in 798, is a spacious cruciform structure, partly in the Norman and partly in the early style of English architecture." [Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright © Mel Lockie]


Business & Commerce Records

Crane, John L.B.
We made trailers: the history of Cranes (Dereham) Ltd to 1960.
[ISBN 090461445X, Oswestry, 1991]


Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Surname Index to East Dereham Cemetery Burials (1869-1921).
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1990s]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Records

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
The Burial Registers of the Church of St Nicholas, East Dereham, Norfolk, Part II (1776-1908).
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1990s]
Seaman, Peter J. and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Norfolk nonconformist registers. No.1: Mattishall and Dereham Congregational 1772-1837, Mattishall and Watton Primitive Methodist 1832-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1983]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Historical Geography

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Armstrong, Benjamin John
Norfolk diary: further passages from the diary of the Reverend Benjamin John Armstrong, Vicar of East Dereham, 1850-88; edited by his grandson Herbert B.J. Armstrong.
[London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1963]
Boston, Canon Noel; and Puddy, Dr Eric
Dereham, the Biography of a Country Town.
Carthew, George Alfred
The town we live in: a lecture delivered to the East Dereham Mechanics' Institute upon the origin and history of that town.
[London, Whittaker, 1857]
Cook, Mildred
Looking back at Dereham.
[Dereham, Nostalgia Publications, 1984]
Norton, Ben
The Story of East Dereham.
[ISBN 0850339081, Phillimore, 1990s]
Rose, Martial
The Reverend Benjamin John Armstrong, vicar of East Dereham, 1850-1888: a vignette.
[East Dereham Parochial Church Council, Pamphlet, 1987]
Workers' Educational Association, East Dereham Branch
Early nineteenth century and Victorian Dereham.
[Dereham, WEA East Dereham Branch, 1989]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF999131 (Lat/Lon: 52.67888, 0.955634), East Dereham which are provided by: