"DERSINGHAM is a large well-built village, on the Hunstanton road, 8½ miles N.N.E. of Lynn, sheltered on the north by rising and well cultivated fields, and bounded on the south by a sandy heath and rabbit warren of 1,900 acres, of which 1,500A. are in Wolverton, and the rest in Sandringham, West-Newton, and Dersingham. The parish contains 676 inhabitants, and 2,951 acres of land, extending nearly two miles westward to Lynn Deeps, and three miles eastward to Ling House. At the enclosure, in 1779, 160 acres were allotted in lieu of the vicarial tithes, and 457 acres were enclosed within a ring fence for the use of the parish, viz:- 329A. of marsh, as a stinted common, and 128A. of heath for providing whins and turfs. . . . The Marquis Cholmondeley is lessee of the rectorial tithes, under the Bishop of Norwich. The CHURCH (St. Nicholas) is a large building with a square tower and six bells. The vicarage, was valued in the King's Book at £5 6s. 8d., and in 1831, at £155. The Rev. Edw. Bellamy, B.D., is incumbent, and John Bellamy, Esq., of Wisbech, is the patron." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


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 Nicholas.

Church History

Church of St Nicholas
Minister, services, description, picture, etc.
Haslam, A.
St Nicholas' Parish Church, Dersingham, Norfolk: Early history and church guide.
[Dersingham, The Church, 1993]
Tippen, Wallis Percival
A Short History of St Nicholas Church, Dersingham, Norfolk.
[Ramsgate, Graham Cumming, 1963]
Roman Catholic Church of St Cecilia
Description and pictures.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Marriages 1653-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 12.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Kerrich, Samuel
Churchwardens' Accounts, Dersingham.
Account book of Samuel Kerrich, Vicar of Dersingham 1754-1767.
[Photocopy in Norwich Local Studies Library]

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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), Dersingham was in Docking Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Dersingham Parish Council.
Parish council, description, history, pictures, village magazine, organisations, etc.
Massen, Simon and Blaney, Walter
Dersingham Then and Now, Portrait of a Village.
Dersingham Mill Road Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Dersingham Mill Way Mill
Dersingham Mill Hill Mill
Short description.

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Historical Geography

Dersingham is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

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


Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Dersingham Inclosure Act, 1779.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing the several whole year lands, common fields, half year lands, shack meadows and heaths, and other commons, waste and commonable lands, within the parish of Darsingham otherwise Dersingham, in the county of Norfolk.
Great Britain: Statute
Annual Inclosure Act, 1857.
An act to authorize the inclosure of certain lands (including Costessey, Holme-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton and Dersingham, for which provisional inclosure orders were made between 30 October and 4 December 1856) in pursuance of a report of the Inclosure Commissioners for England and Wales: 21st March 1857.
[London, George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1857]

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Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law