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Little Dunham

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"DUNHAM, (LITTLE) a village and parish, 1 mile S. of Graet [sic] Dunham, and 5 miles N.E. of Swaffham, has 298 souls and 1837A. 2R. 30P. of fertile land, mostly the property of Sir C.M. Clarke (lord of the manor,) W.O. Locke, Esq., Mr. Wm. Large, and Mr. John Jackson. Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, M.D., was created a baronet in 1831, and resides at Dunham Lodge, a neat mansion, erected in 1783 by Edward Parry, Esq., on a commanding eminence. Sir Charles is about to leave Norfolk, and has advertised the Lodge and 300A. of land for sale. (January, 1845.) The CHURCH (St. Margaret,) is a small antique fabric, with a square tower. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9. 16s., and now having 24A. 2R. 19P. of glebe, and a yearly rent of about £500 awarded in 1840, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. John Nelson, of Beeston, is patron and incumbent. Here is a small Primitive Methodist chapel." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Susan Well]

See also Great Dunham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret.

Church History

Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
Services, etc.

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 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Little Dunham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Little Dunham is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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


Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Little Dunham Inclosure Act, 1794.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing the whole year lands, half year or shack lands, commons and waste grounds within the parish of Little Dunham in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


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 40 47 210
1811 47 49 235
1821 53 53 307
1831 39 66 290
1841 65 -- 298
1851 76 -- 354
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 69 -- 327
1871 62 67 314
1881 67 67 293
1891 69 69 273
1901 65 65 255
1911 -- 70 255

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.