"HEDENHAM, 3 miles N.N.W. of Bungay, and 11 miles S.S.E. of Norwich, has in its parish 272 souls, and about 1,564A. of land. Lord Boston and F.W. Irby, Esq., are lords of the manors, but a great part of the soil belongs to J. J. Bedingfield, Esq., J.W. Gooch, Esq., and a few smaller owners. The hall has been long unoccupied. At the Mermaid Inn is a beautiful Rosary of three acres, highly celebrated for supplying the most valuable varieties. The CHURCH (St. Mary,) is a discharged rectory, valued in K.B. at £13 6s. 8d., and now having 30A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £450, awarded in 1839, in lieu of tithes. J. J. Bedingfield, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. John Peter Chambers, incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]


The name may also be spelled Heddenham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, 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 Peter in some records, and to the Virgin Mary in others.

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description, services, picture, etc.
Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Services, etc.
Church of St Peter.
Picture of the church.

Church Records

Parish Registers
List of Surnames of People who come from other Parishes
(these people are often known as "Strays")
Marriages 1559-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 4.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Extracts from the parish registers
Legacy given by Elizabeth Richman in 1583.

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), Hedenham was in Loddon and Clavering Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

You can see pictures of Hedenham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Hedenham is in Loddon Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Hedenham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Paget, Arthur Gordon Westwood
A short guide to the Church and Parish of Hedenham, Norfolk.
[Bungay, H.W. Short, 1936]

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims: Earsham, Ditchingham and Hedenham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1812.
[London, Luke Hansard and Sons, printers, 1812]
Great Britain: Statute
Earsham, Ditchingham and Hedenham Inclosure Act, 1812.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Earsham, Ditchingham, and Edenham [Hedenham], in the county of Norfolk: 20th March 1812.
[London, Luke Hansard and Sons, printers, 1812]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM312933 (Lat/Lon: 52.488477, 1.404232), Hedenham which are provided by:


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 43 55 273
1811 42 57 289
1821 59 62 283
1831 60 62 356
1841 58 -- 272
1851 58 -- 283
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 59 -- 280
1871 57 57 269
1881 62 62 281
1891 54 59 228
1901 54 54 243
1911 -- 53 212

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.