"LITCHAM, formerly a market town, and now a large and well-built village, formed into several streets, distant 8 miles N.E. by N. of Swaffham, and 24 miles W. by N. of Norwich, includes within its parish 846 inhabitants, and about 1800 acres of land, of which about 1300 acres belong to F.W. Keppel, Esq., who purchased the manor of Lord Wodehouse, about the year 1833. The rest belongs to a number of smaller proprietors, except 128 acres, which lie in five small commons, on which the inhabitants have right of pasturage and cutting fuel. . . . On one of the small commons, there was formerly a hermitage, occupied by Thomas Cannon. The CHURCH (All Saints) has a square brick tower, built by Matthew Halcott, who recast the five bells. It has recently been slated and repaired. In the chancel are memorials of the families of Neal, Lawrence, Glover, Lynes, and Halcott. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9. 2s., and in 1831 at £541, with that of East Lexham annexed to it, in the gift of Lord Wodehouse, and incumbency of the Honourable and Reverend Alfred Wodehouse, B.A. . . . Here is a National School, and a Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist Chapels." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Memorial Inscriptions of the Church and Churchyard of All Saints, Litcham.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 2001?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Services, description, pictures, etc.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Church of All Saints
Description, pictures, etc.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Litcham Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.

Church Records

Marriages 1555-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volumes 2 and 10.
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), Litcham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

News, events, description, history, parish council, churches, buildings, pictures, etc.
Litcham Post Mill
Description, history and maps.

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Historical Geography

Litcham is in Launditch hundred.

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



Puddy, Eric
Litcham: the short history of a Mid-Norfolk village.
[Dereham, G. Arthur Coleby, 1957]
[Facsimile reprint excluding index and references, Litcham Historical Society, 2001]
Litcham Historical and Amenity Society
The Book of Litcham with Lexham and Mileham.
[ISBN 1841141909, Halsgrove Community History Series, 2002]

Land & Property

Listed Buildings
Description, history and pictures.
Rutledge, Paul
The Dispute of Litcham Lyngs.
[Norwich, Marwood Publishing, in "East Anglian Studies", 1995]
See Kelling.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF887178 (Lat/Lon: 52.724545, 0.792559), Litcham 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   88   90 426
1811   59   93 459
1821 123 131 586
1831 158 166 771
1841 166 -- 846
1851 184 -- 855
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 199 -- 903
1871 190 220 854
1881 188 195 801
1891 193 202 806
1901 167 170 626
1911 -- 173 663

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.

1831 Census
"The Parish of Litcham has increased (185 Persons) in Population, attributed to the uninclosed Commons or Waste Lands, which cause many Persons to resort thither; it is also the principal trading Town for the surrounding agricultural Villages."