"DITCHINGHAM, a large scattered village, extending southward to the river Waveney, opposite Bungay, 13 miles S.S.E. of Norwich, has in its parish 1,124 souls, 2,055A. of land, and a large Silk-Mill, erected about 12 years ago, and belonging to Messrs. Grout & Co., of Norwich, who employ here about 500 hands. The large heath, in this and Broome parish, was enclosed in 1812. The manors are -- Ditchingham and Pirnhow, and the fines are arbitrary. The Duke of Norfolk is lord of the former, and John L. Bedingfeld, Esq., is lord of the latter, and owner of Ditchingham Hall, a handsome mansion, built in 1727, with picturesque grounds, near a rivulet, which is expanded into a fine broad or lake, that has been visited during the last 14 years, by a pair of Barnacle Geese. . . . The CHURCH (St. Mary,) stands on an eminence, 1½ mile N. of Bungay, and has a lofty tower. The Rectory, valued in K.B. at £12, has a good residence, 20A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £560, awarded in 1839, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. Wm. Edw. Scudamore, M.A., is incumbent, and the Earl of Suffolk, and other Trustees of the late Lord H. Howard, are patrons. . . . Here is a National and also an Infant School." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]


Ditchingham is about 2 miles N. of Bungay (which is in Suffolk).



Haggard, Lilias Rider
Too late for tears (Margitson family, Ditchingham House).
[Bungay, Waveney Publications, 1969]

Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, 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.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Anglican Community of All Hallows
Convent, hospital, nursing home, etc.
Violet, Sister
All Hallows - Ditchingham: the story of an East Anglian community.
[ISBN 0728900173, Oxford, Becket, 1983]

Church Records

Marriages 1559-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 5.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Ditchingham was in Loddon and Clavering Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Ditchingham Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Ditchingham is in Loddon Hundred.

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

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



Fairhead, Albert E.
The Ditchingham that I knew (c.1905-1920).
[ISBN 0950516708, Norwich, 1976]

Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM339912 (Lat/Lon: 52.468717, 1.441696), Ditchingham which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law