"MILEHAM is a large village of dispersed houses, 2½ miles E.N.E. of Litcham, 7 miles N.W. of Dereham, which contains in its parish 122 houses, 531 inhabitants, and 2,825a. 3r. 14p. of land, chiefly the property of the Earl of Leicester, Capt. Davy, and the Rev. C. B. Barnewell. The latter is patron and incumbent of the rectory, and lord of the manors of Mileham and Beeston; but the Earl of Leicester is lord of Burghwood manor. The Church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a neat structure, with a square tower and four bells. It was repewed about two years ago, and contains several monuments to the Barnewell, Pepys, Le Strange, and other families: and in the windows are several figures in stained glass. The rectory, valued in the King's book at £11 1s. 10½d., has 16½a. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £650 awarded in 1842, in lieu of tithes." [Francis White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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 St John the Baptist.

Church History

Church of St John the Baptist
Description, pictures, etc.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Mileham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Mileham is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF916196 (Lat/Lon: 52.739877, 0.836848), Mileham which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law