Downham West

"The parish of West Downham is a small Fenland parish in the west of the county of Norfolk. There is no village called West Downham within the parish, only a small Hamlet which is called Salter's Lode. The hamlet is strung out along the A1122 road that hugs the drains and the course of the river Great Ouse, and consist of a few isolated farms standing out in the Fen. The name of Downham comes from the Old English meaning homestead on a hill, and West designation from the direction from near-by of Downham Market. Salter's Lode derives its name the Old English meaning place where salt is kept, and watercourse or drainage channel. The hamlet of Salters Lode is scattered around a lock at the end of the Well Creek navigation. Well Creek is a part of the Middle Level System and is on the route that forms a navigation link between the river Nene and river Great Ouse." [Wikipedia]

Downham West is about 16 miles S. of King's Lynn.
It is a civil parish (not an ecclesiastical parish), created in 1896 from the western, rural, part of Downham Market.
See also Denver, Downham Market, Stow Bardolph and Wimbotsham.


Church Directories

  • There is no parish church.

Church Records

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 1896 and 1930 (and for the census in 1901), Downham West was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Downham West and Salter's Lode
Description and history.
Salter's Lode Smock Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF592033 (Lat/Lon: 52.604194, 0.349889), Downham West which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Salter's Lode
Salter's Lode School Log book 1936-1959.
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