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"QUIDDENHAM, a small village and parish, in the vale of a rivulet, 2 miles E. by N. of East Harling, has only 83 inhabitants, and 1,116A. of land. The whole, except 50 acres of glebe, is occupied by and belongs to the Earl of Albemarle, who resides at the HALL, a large and handsome mansion, chiefly of brick, seated in an extensive and well-wooded park. One front has a Doric portico, and the other a centre with four Ionic columns, supporting an entablature and pediment, with corresponding pilasters. It was long the seat of the Holland family, whose heiress sold it to Mr. Bristow, of whom it was purchased with the manor, in 1762, by George, the third Earl of Albemarle. . . . The Right Hon. Wm. Chas. Keppel, the fourth and present Earl, succeeded his father in 1772. He is patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8. 4s. 6d., and in 1831, at £658, with that of Snetterton annexed to it, in the incumbency of the Hon. and Rev. Edward Southwell Keppel, M.A., who occupies the rectory-house, a neat mansion of white brick." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Quidenham is about 7 miles N.W. of Diss.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of St Andrew
Memorials in the church and churchyard, and the War Memorial.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Church of St Andrew
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.
Church of St Andrew
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, etc.
Church of St Andrew
Pictures of the church.
Garnier, Edward Southwell
In a village church: the Church of St Andrew, Quidenham.
[Norwich, Goose and Son, 1927]
Carmelite Convent
Description, history and pictures of the Carmelites and of Quidenham, including Quidenham Hall.
The Carmelites of Quidenham
Quidenham through the ages.
[Quidenham?, The Carmelites, 1990s]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or 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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Quidenham was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Quidenham was in Wayland Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Quidenham Water Mill

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Historical Geography

Quidenham is in Guiltcross Hundred.

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

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Land and Property

Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.

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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 10 17 107
1811 10 17 100
1821 17 23 121
1831 12 18   84
1841 17 --   83
1851 17 -- 109
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 22 -- 111
1871 26 26 125
1881 24 24 117
1891 23 23 161
1901 22 22 128
1911 -- 29 160

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.

1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 160, 35 were in 2 large establishments or institutions.