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"HOCKHAM is a pleasant village, 5 miles N.W. by N. of East Harling. Its parish contains 664 inhabitants, and about 3196 acres of land, mostly the property of Henry Samuel Partridge, Esq., who resides at the Hall, a large brick edifice. It gives name to a large Police Division, and was formerly in two parishes, called Great and Little Hockham; but the church of the latter was demolished after the reign of Richard II., though its foundations may still be traced. Henry III. granted to Great Hockham, a charter for a market every Friday, and a fair on Easter Monday; but the former has long been obsolete, and the latter is merely a pleasure mart. The CHURCH (Trinity) stands in the park, and has a nave, chancel, and aisles, but no tower. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8. 17s. 11d., and in 1831, at £220. The Rev. John Spurgin, B.A., is patron and incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pamela Littlefair]

Hockham is about 7 miles N.E. of Thetford.
It is also known as Great Hockham.
Little Hockham was formerly a separate parish and is now a hamlet, about 1 mile south.
See also Hockering, Hockwold cum Wilton and Holkham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 the Holy Trinity.
    The parish church of Little Hockham was dedicated to St Mary, but there is now no trace of it.

Church History

Church of the Holy Trinity
Description and pictures.
Church of the Holy Trinity
Services, etc.
Simmons, R.W.H.
Holy Trinity Church, Great Hockham.
[Great Hockham, The Church, 1980s]

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), Hockham was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Great Hockham
Description, history, pictures, maps, people, organisations, businesses, etc.
Great Hockham Post Mill
Great Hockham Smock Mill
Description and history.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Hockham is in Shropham Hundred.

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

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



Davison, Alan J.
Great Hockham - a village which has moved?
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.41, 1991]
Davison, Alan J.
Little Hockham
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.40, 1987]

Land and Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Brick Kiln Farm, Great Hockham: a history.
Great Hockham Fuel and Furze Trustees
Great Hockham, Norfolk: fuel and furze allotment.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


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   64   70 350
1811   69   69 392
1821   83 123 525
1831   98   99 565
1841 115 -- 644
1851 133 -- 690
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 133 -- 629
1871 123 128 547
1881 113 117 504
1891 113 125 518
1901 114 115 520
1911 -- 122 523

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.

1901 Census
"Including Little Hockham."