"FAKENHAM is a flourishing and well built market town, pleasantly situated on the north side of the Wensum, 9 miles S. of Wells, 12 miles W.S.W. of Holt, 23 miles E.N.E. of Lynn, 25 miles N.W. by W. of Norwich, 16 miles N.N.E. of Swaffham, and 109 miles N.E. of London. The parish, exclusive of the small liberty of Alethorpe, already noticed, has increased its population, since the year 1801, from 1,236 to 2,240 souls, and contains 2,106a. 3r. of land, all arable, except 240a. of grass, and 140a. of heath. . . . The town was much injured by an accidental fire on August 4th, 1738, which destroyed 26 houses. It has been greatly enlarged and improved during the last thirty years, by the erection of new houses, some of which are large and handsome. . . . The Church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a spacious and handsome structure, on elevated ground, above the Market place, and consists of nave, chancel, side aisles, and lofty embattled tower, with pinnacles, and eight bells. . . .The patronage is vested in Trinity College, Cambridge ; and the Rev. John Philips Higman, M.A., and F.R.S, is the incumbent. The Independent Chapel, in Chapel Street, is a handsome edifice, built in 1819. The congregation is under the pastoral care of the Rev. Wm. Legge. The Baptists have a Chapel in Swan Street, erected in 1808, of which the Rev.S. B. Gooch is the pastor. The Primitive Methodist Chapel, in Oak Street, was opened in 1825." [Francis White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]
- Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
- Description, pictures, etc.
- Eastern Gas
- Fakenham Gasworks.
|Mission Room, Fakenham, Church of England|
|SS Peter and Paul, Fakenham, Church of England|
|St Thomas, Thorpland, Church of England|
|Chapel(Chapel St 1819-95), Fakenham, Independents - Congregational Dissenters|
|Chapel(White Horse St), Fakenham, Independents - Congregational Dissenters|
|Congregational Chapel(1895-1960-Norwich Rd), Fakenham|
|Cemetery(Creake Rd), Fakenham, Cemetery|
|Municipal Cemetery(Queens Rd), Fakenham, Cemetery|
|Quaker Cemetery(Oxborough Ln), Fakenham, Cemetery|
|St Antony of Padua RC, Fakenham, Roman Catholic|
|Meeting House, Fakenham, Society of Friends|
- In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Burnham, 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 Peter.
- Morison, Ernest Frederick
- The story of Fakenham church.
[First published Gloucester: British Publishing Co, 1950]
[ISBN 0950229601, Revised by G.F.S. Gray and Rev. Hugh Buckingham, 1971]
- Description, history and pictures.
- Lamont, Gerald
- Swaffham to Fakenham: a portrait in old picture postcards.
[ISBN 1857700406, Seaford: S.B. Publications, 1993]
- Lingwood, Lemmon
- The illustrated guide to Wells-next-the-Sea, including Holkham, Walsingham, Fakenham, and Districts: containing full description of Lord Nelson's birthplace.
[London, Jarrold, (18-?)]
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Fakenham to another place.
Fakenham is in Gallow Hundred.
- Parish outline and location.
- See Parish Map for Gallow Hundred
- Description of Gallow Hundred
- 1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
You can see the administrative areas in which Fakenham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Baldwin, Jim
- Fakenham: Town on the Wensum.
[Cromer, Poppyland Publishing, 1982]
- Baldwin, Jim; and Van Damme, Ellen
- Another look at Fakenham: a look at the town in the first thirty years of this century.
[ISBN 0950906018, Fakenham, 1984]
- Baldwin, Jim; and Tickle, Alan
- Memories of Fakenham Lancaster.
[ISBN 0948899042, Fakenham, 1991]
- Fletcher, Elaine
- A Norfolk quiverful: Celebrating 100 years of archery in the Fakenham area.
[ISBN 0948400234, Dereham, Larks Press, c1994]
- Gray, George F.S.; Morison, Ernest F. and Buckingham, Hugh
- The story of Fakenham and its church.
[ISBN 0950229601, Fakenham, 1971]
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF921304 (Lat/Lon: 52.836477, 0.850324), Fakenham which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- Baldwin, Jim
- Hard forms and homework: A short history of schools in Fakenham.
[ISBN 0953606406, Fakenham High School and College, c1999]
- Eckersley, Stanley
- Fakenham Grammar School 1923-1973.