"HOLKHAM, a parish with a pleasant village of neat cottages, &c., on a gentle acclivity above the salt marshes, 2½ miles E. of Burnham Market; 2 miles W. of Wells; and 32 miles N.W. of Norwich, has 731 inhabitants, and about 5,208 acres of land, of which 692A. are salt marsh, and 1,100A. woods and plantations, enclosed with 1,700A. of lawn, meadows, &c., in the beautiful park of Holkham House, the splendid seat of the Rt. Hon. Thos. Wm. Coke, Earl of Leicester. . . . Holkham CHURCH, dedicated to St. Withberga, stands east of the village. . . . The church is a noted sea-mark, standing high above the salt marshes, and having a chancel, nave, aisles, and a broad and lofty embattled tower, with four bells. . . . The benefice is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8 13s. 4d., and augmented in 1792 and 1816, with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty, vested in land, at Wells. It is consolidated with Egmere, in the patronage of the Earl of Leicester, and incumbency of the Rev. John Ackroyd." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paul Beesley]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Walsingham, 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 Andrew.

Church History

Collyer, Robert
A few words more; or, A farewell sermon: preached in the parish church of Holkham, Norfolk, on Sunday, August the 2nd, 1840.
[Norwich, The author, 1840]

Church Records

Marriages 1542-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 2.
Parish Registers
List of Surnames of People who come from other Parishes
(these people are often known as "Strays")

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), Holkham was in Walsingham Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Lingwood, Lemmon
The illustrated guide to Wells-next-the-Sea, including Holkham, Walsingham, Fakenham, and Districts: containing full description of Lord Nelson's birthplace.
[London, Jarrold, (18-?)]

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Historical Geography

Holkham is in North Greenhoe Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Holkham Hall
House, gardens, family, pictures, etc.
(No author)
Holkham Hall, Norfolk: seat of the Earls of Leicester. (Guide Book).
[ISBN 0851012795, Derby, English Life, 1990]
Bacon, Richard Noverre
A report of the transactions at the Holkham sheep-shearing, July 2-5, 1832.
Including the presentation of a service of plate to Mr. Blaikie, by the Holkham tenantry at Fakenham on Thursday May 3rd 1832, and a list of tenants regretting his retirement.
[Norwich, Burks and Kinnebrook, 1832]
Dawson, John, 1734-1820
The stranger's guide to Holkham: containing a description of the paintings, statues etc. of Holkham House.
Hassall, William and Beauroy, Jacques (editors)
Lordship and landscape in Norfolk, 1250-1350: the early records of Holkham.
[ISBN 0197260934, Oxford University Press for the British Academy, Records of Social and Economic History, New series v.20, 1993]
Laver, James
Holkham Hall.
Rigby, Edward, 1747-1821
Holkham, its agriculture, etc.
[3rd ed., London: Hunter, 1818]
Wade Martins, Susanna
The Holkham estate in the nineteenth century: with special reference to farm building and agricultural improvement.
Wade Martins, Susanna
A great estate at work: the Holkham estate and its inhabitants in the nineteenth century (with index).
[ISBN 0521226961, Cambridge University Press, 1980]

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF892439 (Lat/Lon: 52.958773, 0.816077), Holkham which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Coke (Earls of Leicester)
See Norfolk People and Families.

Poor Houses, Poor Law