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West Lexham

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"LEXHAM, (WEST) 3 miles W. of Litcham, is a parish, with only 124 souls, and 1,126 acres of land, belonging to the Earl of Leicester. The Church (St. Nicholas,) is a small antique fabric, and the living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5. 11s. 8d., and in 1831, at £156. The glebe is 58A. Lord Wodehouse is patron, and the Hon. and Rev. A. Wodehouse, incumbent. The latter is also rector of Litcham and East Lexham." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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

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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 Nicholas.
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Church History

Church of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.
Church of St Nicholas
Services, etc.
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Church Records

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), West Lexham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

West 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 West Lexham 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

Litcham Historical and Amenity Society
The Book of Litcham with Lexham and Mileham.
[ISBN 1841141909, Halsgrove Community History Series, 2002]
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF844173 (Lat/Lon: 52.721842, 0.729645), West Lexham which are provided by:

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Military Records

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Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

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Population

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
Houses
Families Population
1801 16 26 138
1811 21 21 117
1821 19 19   92
1831 21 21 103
1841 23 -- 124
1851 24 -- 125
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861 27 -- 152
1871 30 37 162
1881 32 34 134
1891 25 25 122
1901 24 24   96
1911 -- 26 104

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.