"MARTHAM is a large village, with several handsome houses, pleasantly seated on rising ground above the marshes, 9½ miles N.N.W. of Yarmouth. Its parish extends above a mile westward to the hamlet of Cess, on the river Thurne, and comprises 1032 inhabitants, and 2281 acres of enclosed land, mostly copyhold, and subject to arbitrary fines. Thomas Grove, Esq., is lord of the manor, for which he holds a court at Michaelmas; but Moregrove and Knightsley form a small manor, belonging to Mr. Garnham. The Church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a large Gothic pile, with a fine specimen of stained glass, a lofty tower, and six bells. It is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Books at £6. 13s. 4d., and in 1831 at £253. It is now enjoyed by the Rev. Geo. Pearse. The Dean and Chapter of Norwich are patrons, and also appropriators of the rectory, now leased to Mrs. Ann Francis, and Wm. Rising, Esq. In 1160, Roger Gunton gave the church to the prior and convent of Norwich, "for the redemption of his soul." In 1843, the rectorial tithes were commuted for £628. 18s. 2d., and the vicarial for £363. 17s. 9d. per annum. The Baptists, and the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists, have each a chapel here; the latter built in 1844." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]




Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Flegg, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
    Until 1857 it had been in the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary.

Church History

Taylor, Edward Samuel
Notices of the Church of Martham, Norfolk, previous to its restoration in 1856.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.5, 1859]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Registers
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms and Burials.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1923 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Martham was in Flegg Registration District. Between 1837 and 1850, the district was called East and West Flegg.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Martham Parish Council
Meetings, minutes, events, history, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Martham is in West Flegg Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
Description of East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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



Manning, Derek
Martham Ferry.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.6, no.5, 2000]
Meakin, Ann
Glimpses into the History of the Village of Martham.
[Martham, Skippers Print and Design, 1996]
Orton, Christine
Martham in times past.
[ISBN 0861571355, Chorley, Countryside Publication, 1984]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Martham Inclosure Act, 1812.
[Great Yarmouth, Beart, 1812]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG457181 (Lat/Lon: 52.704787, 1.635759), Martham which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law