Great Ellingham


"ELLINGHAM (GREAT) is a dispersed village, 2 miles N.W. of Attleborough. Its parish has 838 inhabitants, and 2530 acres of land, mostly the property of Lord Walsingham, and Messrs. Benj. Barnard and Wm. Norton; the former of whom is lord of the largest manor, called Bury Hall, (fines arbitrary,) and the rest of the parish is in the manors of the Rectory and Ellingham Hall, the latter of which is an ancient moated farm-house. The CHURCH (St. James the Apostle,) is a large fabric, with a square tower, a spire, and five bells. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6. 5. 10d., was augmented in 1722-3, with £200 of Queen Anne's bounty, and 200 given by the Rev. J. Cator. It is consolidated with the rectory of Little Ellingham, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. S. Colby . . . The tithes were commuted in 1843. The vicar of Carbrooke has the great tithes of 200 acres, and the rest are in Chancery.nHere is a Baptist, and also a Wesleyan Chapel, and the former, built in 1820, has an endowment of £30 per annum." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pamela Littlefair]


Great Ellingham is about 7 miles W.S.W. of Wymondham.
See also Little Ellingham and Ellingham



Great Ellingham Monumental Inscriptions
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Medway Series, 2000?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 James.

Church History

Church of St James
Description and pictures.
Church of St James
Services, etc.
Church of St James
Description and picture.
Elton, Derek Hurley
Great Ellingham: St James Church.
[Great Ellingham, the Church, 1979]
Lough, John William
The Parish Church of Saint James, Ellingham Magna.
[Great Ellingham, 1950]
Tench, Edwin J.
The Church of Saint James, Great Ellingham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.22, 1926]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Great Ellingham Baptist Church
Services, history and pictures.
Great Ellingham Baptist Church
History 1817-1854.
Great Ellingham Reformed Baptist Church
Pastor, services, etc.

Church Records

Minns, George
The Parish Registers of Great and Little Ellingham.
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Edmonds, Jenifer A.
Norfolk Non-Conformist Burials, 1700s-1800s.
Burial transcripts for Aylsham; Bacton Baptists (1826-1836); Denton Independent Chapel (1806-1837); Diss Presbyterian (1797-1836); Diss Methodists; Foulsham Baptists (1785-1821); Gorleston; Great Ellingham Baptists (1817-1837); Great Yarmouth Old Meeting, Gaol Street Presbyterian (1800-1837); Hapton Presbyterian (1808-1834); Ingham Baptists (1785-1821); King's Lynn Stepney Chapel (Particular Baptists) (1843-1857); Lakenheath Methodists; Neatishead Particular Baptists (1801-1837); Norwich Octagon Presbyterian (1759-1826); Norwich Princes Street Chapel (1819-1835); Norwich St Clement Meeting House (1751-1836); Norwich St Margaret Baptists (baptisms only); Norwich St Mary's Meeting (1789-1856); Norwich Tabernacle; Rockland, South Creake (1795-1830); Thetford Methodists; Thetford Meeting House (and baptisms) (1822-1838); Wells Independent Meeting House (1817-1837).
[Norwich, Worldwide Family History Services, CD, 2003]
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), Great Ellingham was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Great Ellingham
Parish council, pictures, events, etc.
Great Ellingham Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Great Ellingham Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Great Ellingham is in Shropham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Great Ellingham 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. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (64): Great Ellingham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1799.
Great Britain: Statute
Great Ellingham Inclosure Act, 1799.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing, the common fields, commons, and waste grounds, within the parish of Great Ellingham, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM018971 (Lat/Lon: 52.534446, 0.974348), Great Ellingham which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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
1801  97139655
Year  Inhabited

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.

1861 Census
"WAYLAND. The general decrease of population in the Attleborough Subdistrict is mainly attributed to emigration."


Watts, Jean E.
Great Ellingham County Primary School Centenary, 1896-1996.
[Great Ellingham School, 1996]