West Dereham


"DEREHAM (WEST) parish has a scattered village, 4 miles S.E. by E. of Downham, and contains 544 inhabitants, and about 3,500 acres of land, mostly the property of G.S. Kett, and William Bagge, Esqrs. The former is lord of the manor, which was once celebrated for its splendid ABBEY, standing about a mile south of the village, environed with wood and water, and founded in 1188, by a native of this parish - Hubert Walter, Dean of York, and successively Bishop of Salisbury, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Lord Chancellor, in the reign of Richard I. . . . The old Gate-house or entrance tower, is still standing. . . . The CHURCH, (St. Andrew,) is an ancient fabric,  . . .  and has several handsome monuments to the Dereham family,  . . . has a fine statue of Colonel Edmund Soames, of Dereham Grange," [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


West Dereham is about 12 miles S. of King's Lynn.
See also East Dereham.



Church of St Andrew
Transcriptions of memorials in the church, the war memorial, 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 Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Minister, services, church guide, location, pictures, etc.
Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, etc.
Church of St Andrew
Pictures of the church.
Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures of the stained glass windows.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), West Dereham was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

West Dereham Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Wissey Valley Web Pages
Including Wereham, Wretton, West Dereham, Boughton, Stoke Ferry and Whittington in the Wissey Valley in West Norfolk.
Pictures of West Dereham
Old postcards and new photographs.
West Dereham Post Mill

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of West Dereham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



Shaw, Christopher
Denver, Downham Market and Bexwell, Welney, West Dereham: a brief history for local and family historians.
[Printed by Spindrift Print and Publishing, Series: Downham Market and around Book 2, 2009]

Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF658010 (Lat/Lon: 52.581096, 0.445802), West Dereham which are provided by:


Military Records


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   55   85 449
1811   58   89 428
1821   67   99 520
1831   75 111 496
1841 115 --- 544
1851 138 --- 643
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 142 --- 679
1871 137 139 640
1881 133 134 560
1891 133 133 554
1901 113 113 439
1911 --- 122 442

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.