Little Fransham


"FRANSHAM, (LITTLE) a small village, on the Norwich and Lynn road, 6 miles E. by N. of Swaffham, and west of East Dereham, has in its parish 263 souls, and 1,031 acres of land, in the two manors of Barnes-on-the-Moor, and Sparham and Wilcox; the former, held by the Earl of Essex, and the latter by Mrs. Alpe; but part of the soil belongs to Money Griggs, Esq., and a few smaller owners. The old hall has a room, in which it is said Queen Elizabeth slept one night, in her tour through Norfolk, and near it are some foundations of Roman brick-work. The Church (St. Mary,) is an ancient fabric without a steeple, containing a curious font, a piscina, and several memorials of the Alpe and other families. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 8s. 4d., and now having 38A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £314, awarded in 1838, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. A.W. Langton, A.M., is patron and incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


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

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.

Church Records

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), Little Fransham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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




Historical Geography

Little 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 Little 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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF902121 (Lat/Lon: 52.672947, 0.811958), Little 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 42 46 214
1811 37 47 199
1821 37 50 228
1831 41 51 234
1841 53 -- 263
1851 55 -- 267
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 53 -- 256
1871 47 50 221
1881 49 50 231
1891 45 45 181
1901 45 45 167
1911 -- 44 175

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.