"SANDRINGHAM, a small village and parish, containing only 53 inhabitants, and 1,110 acres of land, 7½ [miles] N.N.E. of Lynn, has its name from its deep sandy soil, of which more than 200A. are on the extensive heath stretching hence to Wolverton. The Hon. Charles Spencer Cowper is the sole proprietor, and resides in Sandringham Hall, a large cemented brick mansion, in a park of 300A., . . . He is also patron of the CHURCH, a small ancient fabric, standing on an eminence, and dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5 6s. 8d., is consolidated with Babingley, and is now enjoyed by the Rev. Geo. Browne Moxon, B.A., and valued at £171 per annum, with 25A. of glebe. The other residents are, Wm. Durrant, farmer; and Chas. Kent, parish-clerk. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.

Church History

Church of St Mary Magdalene
Description and picture.
Church of St Mary Magdalene
Picture of the church.
Ashton, Patrick
St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham Church and the gardens of Sandringham House.
[ISBN 0853720657, Pitkin Pride of Britain series, 1992]

Church Records

Marriages 1561-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 2.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Sandringham was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.


Description & Travel

Dutt, William A.
The King's Homeland: Sandringham and north-west Norfolk; with an introduction by H. Rider Haggard.
[London, published for the Homeland Association by A. & C. Black, 1904]
Lingwood, Lemmon
Jarrold's Guide to Hunstanton.
The illustrated handbook to Hunstanton and neighbourhood, including Sandringham, Castle Rising, King's Lynn, Heacham, West Newton, and Snettisham.
[Norwich, Jarrold, 1900s]
Massen, Simon
Sandringham Past: A fascinating compilation of picture postcards taken in the early 1900s.
[The Author, 1992]
Ralph, Walter (photographer)
Souvenir of Sandringham: Album of 12 postcards.
[Dersingham, Walter Ralph, 1930s]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Sandringham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Sandringham is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

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



Day, James Wentworth
Kings Lynn and Sandringham through the ages.
[Ipswich, East Anglian Magazine Ltd, 1977]
Jones, C. Rachel (Mrs Herbert Jones)
Sandringham: past and present with some historic memorials of the Norfolk coast.
[Jarrold, 1888]

Land & Property

Sandringham House and Estate
Description, events, pictures, etc.
Sandringham House and Estate
Pictures of the estate.
Baker, David J.
The Royal Gunroom at Sandringham.
[ISBN 071488040x, Phaidon Christie's, 1989]
Cathcart, Helen
Sandringham: The Story of a Royal Home.
[London, W.H. Allen, 1964]
Cresswell, Louisa
Eighteen years on the Sandringham Estate; by "the Lady Farmer".
[London, Temple Company, 1887]
Hepworth, Philip
Royal Sandringham.
[ISBN 0903619253, Norwich, Wensum Books Ltd, 1978]
Messent, Claude J.W.
The Architecture on the Royal Estate of Sandringham: an architectural history with reproductions of pencil sketches.
[ISBN 0950132519, Blofield, 1974]
Norwich Mercury
Names of the inhabitants of the County of Norfolk who presented the Norwich Gates to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, April 7th, 1863.
[Norwich, Norwich Mercury, 1863]
Rush, Len
Captain of the Queen's Flight.
(Len Rush and the Queen's racing pigeons).
[ISBN 0747500134, London, Bloomsbury, 1987]
Winton, Michael J.
Sandringham House: A royal home for Edward and Alexandra.
[The Author, 1975]


Faden's Map of Norfolk
Extract showing Sandringham.
Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Freebridge Lynn Registration District, 1836
and nearby places.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF695287 (Lat/Lon: 52.82958, 0.515154), Sandringham which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
McCrery, Nigel
All the King's Men: One of the greatest mysteries of the First World War finally solved.
[ISBN 0671018310, Pocket Books, 1999]
[Originally published as: The Vanished Battalion, Simon & Schuster, 1992]
Williamson, Tom
The Disappearance of the King's Company in Gallipoli: The day the hills caught fire.
[ISBN 072231261x, Stockwell, 1979]

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