"FORDHAM, a parish and small village near the river Wissey, 3 miles S. of Downham, contains 219 inhabitants, and 2,066 acres of land, of which 700A. belong to the widow of the late Admiral Woolley; and the remainder chiefly to E.R. Pratt, Esq., the lord of the manor. An ancient farm-house, in this parish, called Snore Hall, was long the seat of the Skipwiths, one of whom is said to have received King Charles here, a short time before he surrendered to the Scotch at Newark. The CHURCH, (St. Mary,) is a small edifice, built in 1730, after the old one had fallen down. The Dean and Chapter are patrons of the curacy, and appropriators of the tithes, now leased to E.R. Pratt, Esq.; and the Rev. Wm. Maxey Allen is the incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Fordham is about 14 miles S. of King's Lynn.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Langley, Stan L.; and Shingles, Derek
Memorial Inscriptions: Church of St Mary, Fordham, Norfolk.
[Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, West Norfolk Branch, 1991]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

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

Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Fordham Parish Registers, 1576-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1986]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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), Fordham was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Pictures of Fordham
Old postcards and new photographs.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel




Historical Geography

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



Description, history, people, pictures, etc, of Fordham
and other parishes near Downham Market.
Shaw, Christopher
Fordham, Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank, Little Ouse, Ryston and Roxham, Southery: a brief history for local and family historians.
[Spindrift Print and Publishing, Series: Downham Market and around: Book 1, 2009]

Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL616997 (Lat/Lon: 52.571551, 0.383576), Fordham which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour for Denver, including Fordham, Ryston, Roxham and Bexwell.
World Wars 1 and 2.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: 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
Families Population
1801 17 22 111
1811 23 23 134
1821 26 27 136
1831 28 28 133
1841 33 -- 219
1851 36 -- 215
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 35 -- 211
1871 40 44 209
1881 41 42 180
1891 42 43 210
1901 39 40 192
1911 -- 44 215

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.