Holme Hale


"HOLME-HALE, perhaps a corruption of Holme-on-the-Hill, is a scattered village, chiefly on a bold acclivity, above the small river Wissey, 5 miles E. by S. of Swaffham. The parish contains 488 inhabitants, and about 2547 acres, belonging to several proprietors, one of the largest of whom is Robt. Farrand, Esq., the lord of the manor, who built a neat mansion here about 12 years ago. The CHURCH (St. Andrew) was commenced in the reign of Richard III., but not finished till 1435. It has a large nave, a small chancel, and a square tower with six bells. It has two fine brasses to Sir Edmund Illey and Wm. Curteys. The tower was built about 1431. . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12.16s.5d., was held with that of Necton, by the late Chancellor Yonge, of Swaffham, who died in 1844. The two livings are now separated. The Rev. Henry Milne, M.A. is now rector and patron of Holme-Hale, and has 58A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £583, awarded in 1839 in lieu of tithes. Here is a small chapel and a National School." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]


The name may also be found as Holm Hale and Home Hale.
See also Holme next the sea and Holme next Runcton (Runcton Holme).



Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Andrew.
Including a plan of the church and churchyard, inscriptions, and index.
[Mid Norfolk FHS, 2000?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Location, etc.
Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Broke, R.S.
Guide to the Church of St Andrew, Holme Hale.
[Holme Hale, The Church, Pickenham Print, 1980s]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms and Burials.
Marriages 1539-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 5.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Holme Hale was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

Holme Hale is in South Greenhoe hundred.

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



Carthew, George Alfred
A history, topographical, archaeological, genealogical, and biographical, of the parishes of West and East Bradenham, with those of Necton and Holme Hale, in the county of Norfolk, from the Public Records, Court Rolls, Wills, Parish Registers, and private sources.
[Norwich, Agas H. Goose, 1883]
Hunt, Alec (edited by Chris Dawes)
The Holme Hale Story.
[Holme Hale, c1985]

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (62): Holme Hale and West Bradenham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1801.
Great Britain: statute
Holme Hale and West Bradenham Inclosure act, 1801.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing the whole year inclosures, open fields, commonable grounds, commons, and waste lands, within the parishes of Holme Hale and West Bradenham, in the county of Norfolk.
[An independently printed edition of the act, 1801]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Swaffham Registration District, 1836 and nearby places.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF889077 (Lat/Lon: 52.633896, 0.789897), Holme Hale 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
1801  6863348
1811  7181382
1821  5787422
1831  9295447
Year  Inhabited
1861109  --464
1881  92  95411
1891  93  93374
1901  74  74311
1911  --  82301

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.

1861 Census
"The decrease of population in Great Cressingham, Holme-Hale, and Igborough is attributed to labourers having left, owing to the lowness of wages, &c."