Potter Heigham


"POTTER-HEIGHAM, 15 miles N.E. by E. of Norwich, and 10½ miles N.N.W. of Yarmouth, has in its parish 420 souls, and 2347A. of land, exclusive of about 200A. in the large broads or ponds, on the north side of the vale of the Bure. A large portion of the soil is held by leaseholders under the Bishop of Norwich, the lord of the manor, appropriator, and patron of the Church, (St. Nicholas,) which is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., and now enjoyed by the Rev. Richard B.P. Kidd, M.A., who has 10A. of glebe. . . . The latter are leased to S. Thaxter, Esq. A new Vicarage House and a National School were built in 1844." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Waxham, 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 Nicholas.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Potter Heigham was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Potter Heigham was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Sinclair, Olga
Potter Heigham - The Heart of Broadland.
[ISBN 0946148384, Poppyland Publishing, North Walsham]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Potter Heigham is in Happing Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law