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Lakenham

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"LAKENHAM includes a populous modern suburb of the city, and extends from St. Stephen's and Ber street gates, nearly two miles southward to Harford Bridges, on the river Yare, so called from the family who built them in the reign of King John. The road leading to these bridges was formerly very steep, but the descent was much reduced by cutting through the hill in 1804. Mrs. Southwell owns a great part of the parish. . . . LAKENHAM CHURCH, about 1½ mile S. of the Market place, stands on an abrupt acclivity above the river Yare, and is a small structure, dedicated to St. John the Baptist and All Saints. It has a tower, with three bells. The benefice is a vicarage, united to Trowse-Newton, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter, and now enjoyed by the Rev. George Carter, M.A. Three District Churches, or Chapels of Ease, have recently been provided, for the better accommodation of the greatly increased population of the three parishes of St. Clement, Heigham, and Lakenham, the two latter of which are commonly called hamlets. ST. MARK'S CHURCH, in LAKENHAM, was consecrated Sept. 24th, 1844, and is a commodious and handsome structure, in the pointed style, consisting of a spacious nave, (without aisles,) and an embattled tower, with turrets, pinnacles, and three bells. Lakenham having increased its population from 428 souls, in 1801, to 4006, in 1841, the want of this new church had long been felt." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Lakenham is about 1 mile S. of Norwich.
It is a hamlet of the city, and more information may be found in the Norwich records.
See also Lakenheath in Suffolk.

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Cemeteries

Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of St John the Baptist
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
    Until 1857 it had been in the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St John the Baptist and All Saints.
    The church at New Lakenham is dedicated to St Mark.
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Church History

Church of St John the Baptist
Description and pictures.
Church of St John the Baptist
Services, etc.
 
Church of St Mark
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mark
Services, etc.
Davis, Hugh Vipond Edward; and Tucker, Roy
One Hundred and Fifty Years of Saint Mark's Lakenham, 1844-1994.
[Norwich, Modern Press, 1994]
 
Church of St Alban
Description and pictures.
Burleigh, L.T.
St Alban's Lakenham: We build a church.
[1946]
 
Lakenham Old Chapel and Queen's Road Primitive Methodist Chapel
Description and pictures.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880 at the Church of St John
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1844-1880 at the Church of St Mark
Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Lakenham was in Norwich Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Lakenham Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Lakenham Bracondale Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Lakenham Bucks Post Mill
Description.
Lakenham Butter Hills Post Mill (Ber Street Gate)
Description.
Lakenham Peafield Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Lakenham is in the County of the City of Norwich.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for the County of the City of Norwich

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

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History

Cumming, Graham
History of the Parish of Old Lakenham, Norwich.
[Ramsgate, 1959]
Pound, John Frederick
Lakenham: The Growth of a Suburb for the Poor.
[Norwich, 1990s]
Tillett, Edward A.
Norwich Scrapbooks: Norwich Hamlets: Vol.3: Catton, Sprowston, Thorpe, Trowse, Bracondale, and Lakenham.
Newspaper articles, photographs, postcards, extracts from Blomefield, etc.
[In Norwich Local Studies Library, 1900s]
Westgate, Pauline; Eastmead, Susan; and Bewley, Latham
History of the Parish of Old Lakenham, Norwich.
[1980s]
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG236071 (Lat/Lon: 52.615713, 1.301277), Lakenham which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Taxation

Pound, John Frederick
Norwich Hearth Tax 1671: South Conesford and Ber Street Wards, and the Hamlets of Heigham, Earlham, Lakenham, Trowse, Carrow, Eaton and Hellesdon.
[2004]