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Marsham

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"MARSHAM, a large village, pleasantly situated on the turnpike, 2 miles S. of Aylsham, and 10 miles N. of Norwich, has in its parish 698 souls, and 1819 acres of land, but only 1385 acres are assessable. . . . The Hall, a neat white mansion, has lately been purchased for his own residence, by the Rev. Henry P. Marsham, rector of Brampton, and is now undergoing extensive improvements. In the parish are 80 looms, but only about ten were at work in 1844. The CHURCH (All Saints,) is a neat fabric, with a tower and eight bells. It has an ancient screen, and a curious old font, on which are carved the sacraments of the Romish church, four Saints, four Confessors, and St. George and the Dragon. In the windows are many mutilated remains of stained glass, and in the chancel are several brasses in memory of the Norton, Atthill, and other families. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10. 12s. 9d. It is in the gift of the Earl of Lichfield, and incumbency of the Rev. John Gunton, for whom a new Rectory House is about to be erected, the old one being much dilapidated." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

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See also Marham and Martham.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Ingworth, 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 All Saints.
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Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, description, pictures, etc.
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Church Records

Michell, Arthur Tompson (editor)
The Parish Register of Marsham, Norfolk, from 1538 to 1836.
[Norwich, Jarrold and Sons, 1889]
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), Marsham was in Aylsham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Marsham Bolwick Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Marsham Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Marsham Mill Farm Post Mill
Description and map.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Marsham which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Marsham is in South Erpingham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Marsham 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 & Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG195241 (Lat/Lon: 52.769539, 1.252354), Marsham which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 Marsham became part of the Aylsham Union, and the workhouses were at Buxton and Oulton. These were replaced by a new workhouse at Aylsham in 1849.
  • Buxton and other parishes poor relief and employment act, 1806.
    See Brampton.
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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
FamiliesPopulation
1801128128565
1811  88121547
1821145151624
1831163170692
1841155--698
1851154--662
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861148--622
1871141141600
1881130130554
1891123125561
1901135139651
1911--141651

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.

1821 Census
"Bombazines and worsteds are now manufactured at Marsham."
1861 Census
"The decrease of population in Colby, Scottow, and Marsham parishes is attributed to migration".
1901 Census
"Including Fengate, and Little London."
"A considerable proportion of the population of Marsham Civil Parish was enumerated in the Norfolk Industrial School."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 651, 107 were in a large establishment or institution. This was probably the Norfolk Industrial School.