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"FRETTENHAM, 6 miles N. by E. of Norwich, has in its parish 285 souls, and 1581A. of land. Lord Suffield is chief owner of the soil, lord of the manor, and patron of the Church, (St. Swithen,) which was repaired and re-pewed in 1836. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and in 1831, at £404, with that of Staninghall annexed to it, in the incumbency of the Rev. James Shirley, who has only a modus of £5. 10s. from Staninghall. The glebe here is 15A., and the tithes have been commuted for £395 per annum. A school, built in 1832, is supported by subscription." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

See also Brettenham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Taverham, 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 Swithin.

Church History

Church of St Swithin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Swithin
Description, minister, services, picture, etc.
Frettenham Parochial Church Council
St Swithin's Church, Frettenham.
[Frettenham, Frettenham Parochial Church Council, 1980s]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1559-1652,1656-1906, Banns 1756-1812,1824-1900, Marriages 1558-1750,1758-1836 and Burials 1558-1652,1656-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Banns, Marriages and Burials.
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), Frettenham was in St Faith's Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Edge, Frederick Paul Jackson
Frettenham, its story and history.
[Frettenham, 1998]
Frettenham Post Mill
Description and history.
Frettenham Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Frettenham is in Taverham Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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 25 39 195
1811 42 42 191
1821 45 47 248
1831 49 54 269
1841 54 -- 285
1851 53 -- 255
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 49 -- 221
1871 48 49 209
1881 47 47 220
1891 50 51 229
1901 49 49 218
1911 -- 54 223

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.