"ROUDHAM parish, 2½ miles W. of East Harling, has only 85 souls, and 2025 acres of sandy land, in two farms, occupied by James Hovell Limmer and John Brooks. One house and 110A. of the soil belong to H.D. Hemsworth, Esq., and the rest belongs to Sir. J.S. Sebright, Bart., the lord of the manor, and patron of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4. 16s. 5½d., and now enjoyed by the Rev. Thos. Currie, B.A., of Bridgham, where the inhabitants attend the church, their own Church (St. Andrew) being destroyed by fire more than a century ago, though some of its ruined walls are still standing. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


The name may also be spelled Rowdham.
See also Rougham, East Rudham and West Rudham.



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
Transcriptions of memorials in the church and cemetery.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Church of St Andrew
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


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 but it was in ruins in the 18th century.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures of the ruins.
Church Bells
Church Bells, as described in 1874.

Church Records

Barry, Peter J.S.; and Barry, Miriam
A transcript of the register of St Andrew's Parish Church, Roudham.
Baptisms 1663-1990; Marriages 1663-1737, 1802-1951; Burials 1663-1745, 1803-1922.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, 2011]
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 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Roudham was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Roudham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Roudham is in Shropham Hundred.

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

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



Barry, Peter J.S.; and Barry, Miriam
Roudham: a Breckland Deserted Mediaeval Village re-visited.
[ISBN 0953516016, Rochford, Dolphin Press, 2001]

Land & Property

Barry, Peter J.S.
Inclosure of a Norfolk parish by act of Parliament.
[In Norwich Local Studies Library, MA in English Local History 2nd year project, 1998]
Great Britain: Statute
Roudham Inclosure Act, 1772.
An act for inclosing the common fields, break lands, half year lands, Lammas meadows, heaths, commons and waste grounds within the parish of Roudham, in the county of Norfolk.
Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL955872 (Lat/Lon: 52.447379, 0.875555), Roudham which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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   8 14   77
1811   8 13   75
1821 14 16   72
1831   8 16   73
1841 17 --   85
1851 26 -- 140
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 24 -- 132
1871 29 29 160
1881 33 36 167
1891 34 34 168
1901 33 33 172
1911 -- 34 160

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
"WAYLAND. The general decrease of population in the Attleborough Subdistrict is mainly attributed to emigration."