"FOULSHAM is a small but well-built town, pleasantly situated on the East Norfolk Extension Railway, 8 miles S.E. of Fakenham, 5 miles W.N.W. of Reepham, and 18 miles N.W. of Norwich. Its parish is in Aylsham union and county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Eynsford petty sessional division and hundred, Reepham polling district of North Norfolk, Sparham rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 950 inhabitants in 1881 living on 3226 acres, and has a rateable value of £6217. . . . The present CHURCH (Holy Innocents) was probably founded by Sir Robert Morley about the middle of the 14th century, as the lower windows of the chancel, the porch, and other portions are in the style which prevailed at that period; but the greater part of the building is of Late Perpendicular architecture, and appears to have been built by one of the Lords Morley about 1489, and restored to its original form after the great fire in 1770. It is a large and handsome edifice, comprising nave with aisles, chancel, and south porch. . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £27 14s. 9½d., has 22A. 3R. 15P. of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge of £780, awarded in 1840 in lieu of tithes. Lord Hastings is patron, and the Rev. Charles Henry Frost, B.A., is incumbent. There is a spacious residence, which was considerably enlarged and improved in 1862. The Baptist chapel was built in 1826, and the Primitive Methodists chapel in 1871." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Sparham, 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 the Holy Innocents.

Church History

Church of the Holy Innocents
Description and pictures.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Foulsham was in Aylsham Registration District.

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Historical Geography

Foulsham is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

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Quarles, Thomas
The history and antiquities of Foulsham in Norfolk.

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims: Foulsham (82) and Themelthorpe (20).
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1811.
Great Britain: Statute
Foulsham and Themelthorpe Inclosure Act, 1811.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Foulsham and Themelthorpe, in the county of Norfolk: 11th April 1811.

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Poor Houses, Poor Law