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"ROXHAM parish, 4 miles S. by E. of Downham, has only 45 souls, and about 700 acres of land, belonging to E.R. Pratt, Esq., and in two farms, occupied by Robert Gilling and Henry Norbourn. The Church went to decay several centuries ago, when its curacy was consolidated with Ryston. Here are still some traces of a moat, which anciently encompassed a house, called Walpole House. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

With Ryston, it is usually known as Ryston with Roxham and Ryston cum Roxham.
See also Ryston and Wroxham.



There is no parish church. See Ryston Cemeteries.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • There is no parish church.

Church History

There is no parish church. See Ryston Church History.


Church Records

There is no parish church. See Ryston Church Records.

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), Roxham was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Roxham is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

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



Description, history, people, pictures, etc, of Ryston and Roxham
and other parishes near Downham Market.
Shaw, Christopher
Fordham, Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank, Little Ouse, Ryston and Roxham, Southery: a brief history for local and family historians.
[Spindrift Print and Publishing, Series: Downham Market and around: Book 1, 2009]

Land and Property

The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, Volume 90, Part 1. January to June 1820.
Norwich, Feb. 2. On Wednesday evening last, about eight o'clock, the North bank of the Wissey (about three furlongs above Hilgay-bridge) suddenly gave way, making a breach to the extent of upwards of 30 feet; through which the water rushed with such impetuosity, that in a very short time a tremendous gulph of 22 feet in depth was formed. We are sorry to add, that by this calamitous event, several hundred acres of land (a great part of which was sown with wheat), in Roxham and the vicinity were from two to three feet under water.
See Stoke Ferry.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Military Records

Roll of Honour for Denver, including Fordham, Ryston, Roxham and Bexwell.
World Wars 1 and 2.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


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 5 6 29
1811 5 6 29
1821 6 6 40
1831 6 6 41
1841 9 -- 45
1851 9 -- 45
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861   9 -- 58
1871   9   9 55
1881   6   6 23
1891 10 10 55
1901   9   9 39
1911 -- 10 55

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.