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"ICKBURGH, or IGBURGH, is a small village, 6 miles N.N.E of Brandon, and 9 miles S. of Swaffham, including in its parish 220 inhabitants, and 1342 acres of land, in two farms belonging to Lords Berners and Ashburton, the alternate patrons of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5. 6s. 10½d., and united with Langford, in the incumbency of the Rev. John Raven, B.A. The tithes were commuted in 1839 for £243 per annum. The CHURCH (St. Peter,) is a single pile of flint and pebbles, with a square tower and four bells. Ickburgh is by some antiquaries supposed to be the Icinia of Antoninus; but others have placed that Roman station at Oxburgh, and some at Colchester. Several Roman antiquities have been dug up in this vicinity, and among them are two urns, a mile-stone, and a pavement of flint stones. A House of Lepers, founded by Wm. Barentun, in the reign of Edward I., stood at the south end of the village, where its chapel was converted into cottages many years ago." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

The name may also be spelled Igburgh, Ickborough and Igborough.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, 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.

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Services, etc.
Church of St Peter
Pictures of the church and its gargoyles.

Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.
Ickburgh Church of England Parish Registers 1693-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1987]
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), Ickburgh was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Ickburgh is in Grimshoe Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Grimshoe Hundred
Description of Grimshoe 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 22 34 178
1811 35 35 199
1821 35 39 154
1831 22 38 197
1841 38 -- 220
1851 40 -- 245
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 39 -- 192
1871 40 40 185
1881 42 42 182
1891 34 38 181
1901 32 32 129
1911 -- 32 128

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."