"LUDHAM, a large and well-built village, 13 miles N.E. by E. of Norwich, and N.W. of Yarmouth, gives name to a Police Division, and has in its parish 924 inhabitants, and 2977 acres of land, bounded on three sides by the Bure, the Thurne, and the stream which flows from the Broads, near Catfield. It is in two manors, called Walton Hall and Ludham Bacon, . . . The Church (St. Catherine) is a large and beautiful Gothic structure, with three aisles, a chancel, a tower, and five bells. . . . The screen was formerly richly gilt, and had the figures of the twelve Apostles painted in the lower compartments. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5.6s.8d., and in 1831 at £303. It is now enjoyed by the Rev. W.A. Bathurst, M.A., with 31A.1R.1P. of glebe. . . . The Wesleyans and Baptists have each a chapel here. In Elizabeth's reign, Bishop Redmor procured a fair and market for Ludham, and the former is still held as a pleasure mart, on the Thursday and Friday after Trinity Sunday." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]



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.

The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Happing (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Ludham.
See Brumstead
Cemetery of the Church of St Catherine
Names on gravestones.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • 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 St Catherine.

Church History

Church of St Catherine
Description, history and pictures.
Church of St Catherine
Description and pictures.
Ludham Community Archive
St Catherine's Church: photographic collection.
[Ludham Community Archive, CD]
Cooke, William Henry
The Abbey of St Benet at Holm, and Ludham legends.
[Stalham, 1912]
[St Benet's Abbey was in the parish of Horning]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Ludham was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Ludham was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Ludham Community Archive
Description, history, map, pictures, church, airfield, war memorial, booklets, CDs, etc.
Pictures, map, etc.
Ludham History
History and map.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Ludham Community Archive
History of Ludham - in photographs, documents, recorded memories and video clips.
[Ludham Community Archive, CD]
Ludham Community Archive
Village Chatter 1 - memories of the people of Ludham.
[Ludham Community Archive, CD]
Ludham Community Archive
Discover Ludham - a walking tour around the village.
[Ludham Community Archive, Booklet]
Ludham High Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Ludham How Hill Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Ludham Lovers Lane Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Ludham Malthouse Lane Post Mill
Description and map.
Ludham Yarmouth Road Post Mill
Description and history.
Ludham Bridge North Drainage Mill
Description and picture.
Ludham Bridge South Drainage Mill (Beaumont's)
Description and picture.
Ludham Cold Harbour Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Ludham St Benet's Level Drainage Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Ludham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Ludham 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 Ludham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society
A Survey of Ludham.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.III. no.1, 1981]
Snelling, Joan M.
Ludham, A Norfolk Village, 1800-1900.
[ISBN 0953529304, 1999]

Land & Property

Carson, Gladys M.
Norwich Bishopric Estates: Manors of Ludham Bacon and Walton Hall. Extracts from the Manorial Court Rolls.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1987]
Snelling, Joan M.
Ludham Hall, Norfolk.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1995]
How Hill Trust
Norfolk Broads Study Centre: description, pictures, etc.
How Hill Estate
Description, pictures, etc.
Holmes, David
The How Hill Story.
[Ludham, How Hill Trust, 1980s]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG389185 (Lat/Lon: 52.710975, 1.534822), Ludham which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law