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Great Massingham

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"MASSINGHAM (GREAT) is a considerable village, 10 miles N. of Swaffham; 12 miles E. by N. of Lynn; and 3 miles N.W. of Rougham. It was formerly called Marsincham, from its situation, partly on a low marshy common, with several pools of water, which, after heavy rains, overflow into a bog, called the Swallow Pit, where the surplus water soon disappears through the porous surface. But the chief part of the village, with the Church, is on a pleasant acclivity, rising gradually from the common towards Little Massingham. Here are two draw-wells, one 30 and the other 129 feet deep. The parish has increased its population, since the year 1801, from 569 to 905 souls. It contains 4,108 acres of land, including more than 1,000 acres of heath and common, forming an excellent sheep-walk. . . . The CHURCH, (St. Mary,) is a large Gothic structure, with a handsome porch. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £33. 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £891, has about 50 acres of glebe, and was formerly in two medieties:- viz., St. Mary and All Saints. The Marquis Cholmondeley is the patron, and the Rev. C. Grenside is the incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Great Massingham is also known as Massingham Magna.
See also Little Massingham.

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Cemeteries

Adams, David
A probable medieval burial ground at Great Massingham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.44, part 2, 2003]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary.
    There was also a church dedicated to All Saints.
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Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary
Picture of the church.
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Church Records

Marriages 1564-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 10.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Great Massingham was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Great Massingham
Description, pictures, newsletter, churches, etc.
Great Massingham Post Mill
Description, history and map.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Great Massingham is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Great Massingham 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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History

Goodall, Rev. Armitage
A short history of Great Massingham, its churches and priory.
[Great Massingham, Massingham Historical Society, 2000]
[Originally published 1930s]
Laurence Mary, Sister; and Margaret Devine, Sister (editor)
A Norfolk Manor.
[Great Massingham, Massingham Historical Society, 2007]
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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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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
Families Population
1801   91 117 569
1811 120 126 621
1821 136 152 738
1831 149 178 850
1841 170 -- 905
1851 186 -- 948
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861 191 -- 934
1871 201 219 887
1881 200 225 885
1891 205 210 827
1901 193 194 793
1911 -- 186 723

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.

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