"NEEDHAM, on the Diss road, 1 mile W.S.W. of Harleston, has in its parish 310 souls, and 1200 acres of land, in five manors, of which the following are the names and owners:- Bourts, F.B. Frank, Esq.; Denisons, Lady G. Beresford; Seymours, R.K. Cobbold, Esq.; Witchingham, Sir R.S. Adair; and Gunshaw, the Rev. T.W. Whitaker; but the Duke of Norfolk has a paramount jurisdiction. The Church (St. Peter,) was formerly a chapel to Mendham, and is an ancient fabric, except the chancel, which was rebuilt in 1735. Sir Robert Shafto Adair, Bart., is impropriator of the tithes, and patron of the perpetual curacy, which was certified at £15, and valued in 1831 at £72, in the incumbency of the Rev. John Knevett, of Syleham." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Needham is about 7 miles E. of Diss.
It is also called Fish Needham.
Needham Market is about 20 miles away, in Suffolk.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Peter.

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Bryant, Thomas Hugh
Norfolk Churches, Needham St Peter.

Church Records

Parish Registers
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages, Needham, 1643-1754.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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), Needham was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Needham Mill
Description and pictures.
Bush, Albert
Needham Notes, or the Memoirs of a Miller's Son.
Extract from Needham Notes.

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Historical Geography

Needham is in Earsham Hundred.

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

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



Mather, Cuthbert
Some Notes on Needham.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM229817 (Lat/Lon: 52.387963, 1.273725), Needham which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law