Open a form to report problems or contribute information

1 Introduction 2 Message details 3 Upload file 4 Submitted
Page 1 of 4

Help and advice for Little Massingham

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it. We have a number of people each maintaining different sections of the web site, so it is important to submit information via a link on the relevant page otherwise it is likely to go to the wrong person and may not be acted upon.

Little Massingham

Primary tabs

"MASSINGHAM (LITTLE) parish, 1 mile N. of Great Massingham, and 13 miles E. by N. of Lynn, has a pleasant rectory-house near the church, four scattered farm houses, twenty cottages, 152 inhabitants, and 2,028 acres of land, all enclosed, and belonging to Joseph Wilson, Esq., the lord of the manor and patron of the CHURCH, a small but neat edifice, dedicated to St. Andrew, and having several monumental inscriptions to the Mordaunts, who were formerly lords of the manor. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9. 13s. 4d., and now enjoyed by the Rev. Chas. Davies Brereton, A.M. (sic), author of 'An Enquiry into the Workhouse System and the Laws of Maintenance in Agricultural Districts.' Also of 'A Practical Enquiry into the number, means of employment, and wages of agricultural Labourers.'" [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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



You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Little Massingham area or see them printed on a map.


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 Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Description, services, etc.

Church Records

Marriages 1559-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 8.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Parish Registers
List of Surnames of People who come from other Parishes
(these people are often known as "Strays")

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Little Massingham was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Little Massingham which are provided by:



Ask for a calculation of the distance from Little Massingham to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

Little Massingham is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

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



McLeod, Ronald Fisher
Massingham Parva, past and present.
[London, Waterlow and Sons, 1882]

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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
Families Population
1801 14 14   93
1811 12 18 101
1821 11 20 125
1831 24 24 165
1841 26 -- 152
1851 29 -- 134
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 29 -- 132
1871 29 31 122
1881 33 43 147
1891 40 40 180
1901 37 37 187
1911 -- 46 211

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.