"RUNHAM village stands on the north bank of the Bure, five miles W.N.W. of Yarmouth; but its parish, which contains 290 inhabitants, and about 1600 acres, includes Vauxhall Gardens, near Yarmouth Suspension bridge, and an extra-parochial house. The Evermores formerly held this lordship by petty sergeantry; and one of them obtained a charter for a fair and market, in 1226, . . . Wm. Boult, Esq., is now the principal owner and lord of the manor. R. Fellowes and S.B. Cory, Esqrs., have estates here. The Church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4, and in 1831, at £225, having 35A. 2R. 31P. of glebe, partly purchased with £200 of Queen Anne's bounty, obtained in 1780. The Rev. George Miller is incumbent, and the Bishop of Ely patron, and appropriator of the corn-tithes, now held on lease by J.E. Lacon, Esq. The tithes were commuted in 1840, for the yearly payment of £223. 16s. 3d., to the lessee of the rectory; £145. 5s. 10d. to the vicar of Runham, and £32. 4s. 6d. to the vicar of Gorleston." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Runham Vauxhall.


Church Directories

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

Church History

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description and pictures.

Church Records

Runham Marriages 1538-1812.
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 5.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1923 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Runham was in Flegg Registration District. Between 1837 and 1850, the district was called East and West Flegg.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Runham Village pages
Pictures, parish information, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Runham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Runham is in East Flegg Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
Description of East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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



Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Blacksmiths and their smithies at Runham.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 2000]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Runham Inclosure Act, 1802.
An act for dividing, allotting, inclosing, draining, and preserving the open fields, marsh lands, fens, commons, and waste grounds, within the parish of Runham, in the county of Norfolk.
[George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1802]
Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Runham Manor House and Runham Hall, a history.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 2001]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG463111 (Lat/Lon: 52.641553, 1.639022), Runham which are provided by:


Military Records


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
Year  Inhabited
1861  84  --396
1891  72  75295
1901  69  69306
1911  --  68304

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.

1851 Census
"The Return for Runham includes two houses, deemed extra-parochial."
1861 Census
"The return for Runham includes a detached part of the parish called "New Runham" or "Vauxhall" (population in 1861 53), immediately adjoining Yarmouth, and on which the terminus of the Norwich and Yarmouth Railway, fish offices, and manure works have been established. It enjoys all the advantages of the town of Yarmouth, while the rates are considerably lower."
"Nowhere, deemed extra-parochial, was returned with Runham parish in 1851; it includes Skeetholme, Foldholme, and Stargap."
1891 Census
"The greater part of this parish is in the County Borough of Great Yarmouth; the entire parish contains 200 inhabited houses and 895 population."
1901 Census
Local Government Act of 1894 "Creating Runham Vauxhall Civil Parish out of the part of Runham Civil parish in Great Yarmouth County Borough."