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Marham

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"MARHAM, or Cherry Marham, is a long village with several good houses, 7 miles W. of Swaffham, and 8 miles N.E. by E. of Downham. Its parish contains 817 inhabitants, and about 4,000 acres of land, a great portion of which is in large open fields, having perhaps the finest grass-turf in the county, and remarkable for large hares, said to be the best runners in the kingdom! Marham was formerly noted for its great abundance of cherries and walnuts; but most of the trees of the latter fruit were cut down during the late war, and sold to the gun-makers, - some of the largest for as much as £100 each. . . . There was formerly a Nunnery here, belonging to Ely abbey, founded for Cistercians, in 1251, and granted at the dissolution to Sir Nicholas and Robert Hare. Some remains of it may be seen in a farm-house and outbuildings, a little west of the CHURCH, (Holy Trinity,) which is a large edifice, with a lofty square tower and six bells. Here was another church,(St. Andrew,) and some traces of its foundations are still extant. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d., and in 1831 at £434, was augmented in 1738 with £200 of Queen Anne's bounty, and £200 given by the Rev. Edward Brooke. The Rev. Arthur Browne, M.A., is incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Marham is about 9 miles S.E. of King's Lynn.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 the Holy Trinity.
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Church History

Church of the Holy Trinity
Description and history.
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Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
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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), Marham was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Marham Parish Pages
Description, history, etc.
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See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Marham is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Marham 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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Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF709098 (Lat/Lon: 52.658789, 0.525281), Marham which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.