"LESSINGHAM, 8 miles E. by S. of North Walsham, and 3½ miles N.N.E. of Stalham, has in its parish 241 souls and 640A. of land, mostly belonging to Mr B. Cubitt, but the manor is held by King's College, Cambridge. The Church (All Saints,) is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, and consolidated with Hempstead. The glebe here is 21A.1R.16P., and the tithes were commuted in 1841 for £240 per ann. Here was a Priory, subject to Bec abbey in Normandy, but it was suppressed in the reign of Henry VI." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]
Lessingham is about 13 miles E. of Aylsham.
- In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Waxham, 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 All Saints.
- Methodist Church
- Minister, services, picture, etc.
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For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Lessingham was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.
This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Lessingham was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.
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Lessingham is in Happing Hundred.
- Parish outline and location.
- See Parish Map for Happing Hundred
- Description of Happing Hundred
- 1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
You can see the administrative areas in which Lessingham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG394282 (Lat/Lon: 52.79778, 1.550015), Lessingham which are provided by:
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- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.
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.