East Lexham


"LEXHAM, (EAST) 2 miles W. of Litcham, has in its parish 236 souls, and 1,048 acres of land, nearly all the property of F.W. Keppel, Esq., the lord of the manor, who resides at the Hall, a neat mansion pleasantly seated in a small park, within a mile of Litcham. The Church (St. Andrew,) has a round ivy-mantled tower, and is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8. 6s., and consolidated with that of Litcham. In the chancel are several monuments of the Keppel family. . . . Here is a small National School, built by F.W. Keppel, Esq." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


East Lexham is about 5 miles N.N.E. of Swaffham.
See also West Lexham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, etc.

Church Records

Marriages 1541-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 1.
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), East Lexham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

East Lexham is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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



Foster, W.R.B. (edited by Jonathan Mardle)
East Lexham, the story of a regeneration, 1946-1979.
Litcham Historical and Amenity Society
The Book of Litcham with Lexham and Mileham.
[ISBN 1841141909, Halsgrove Community History Series, 2002]

Land & Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Lexham Hall, a history based upon manuscript sources.
See Great Dunham.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF858169 (Lat/Lon: 52.717423, 0.748785), East Lexham which are provided by:


Military Records


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
Families Population
1801 22 22 119
1811 18 27 166
1821 36 36 186
1831 21 38 206
1841 45 -- 236
1851 48 -- 253
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 47 -- 226
1871 45 49 210
1881 44 46 191
1891 48 48 198
1901 44 44 179
1911 -- 46 189

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.