Great Fransham


"FRANSHAM (GREAT) a scattered village and parish, 6½ miles E.N.E. of Swaffham and west of Dereham, contains 329 souls and 1874 acres of land, in the manors of Oldhall, Swathing, and Crudd's, held respectively by the Rector, C. Metcalfe, Esq., and Mrs. Drosier. The Church (All Saints,) has a round tower, surmounted by a small spire, and in the chancel is a fine brass, representing a man armed cap-a-pie, inscribed Gilfridus Fransham. On another stone are portrayed the figures of John Crudd and his wife, dated 1439; and under the arch of the steeple is a brass, representing "Cecelia uxor John Legge." The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 15s. 10d., has 63A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £552, awarded in 1841, in lieu of tithes. F.R. Reynolds, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Charles Reynolds, B.A., incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Great Fransham is about 5 miles W. of East Dereham.
See also Little Fransham.



Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Memorial Inscriptions of the Churches and Churchyards of All Saints Great Fransham, and St Mary Little Fransham.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 2001]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


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 All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
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), Great Fransham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Great Fransham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



Rogerson, Andrew
Fransham: an archaeological and historical study of a parish on the Norfolk boulder clay.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia Thesis, 1995]

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims: Great Fransham, Little Fransham and North Pickenham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1805.
Great Britain: Statute
Great Fransham, Little Fransham and North Pickenham Inclosure Act, 1805.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Great Fransham, Little Fransham, and North Pickenham, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF896135 (Lat/Lon: 52.685852, 0.803545), Great Fransham 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
Families Population
1801 35 38 207
1811 43 49 254
1821 64 64 322
1831 66 66 323
1841 67 -- 329
1851 69 -- 319
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 66 -- 295
1871 65 69 319
1881 68 78 328
1891 72 72 315
1901 68 68 301
1911 -- 69 286

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.