"SHIPDHAM is an extensive village, with many neat modern houses, detached from each other, and extending upwards of a mile in length, 5 miles S. by W. of East Dereham; but the parish extends within two miles of that town, and is 5 mile slong [sic], containing 4516 acres, and having increased its population since the year 1801, from 1250 to 1861 souls. The Bishop of Ely, who built a great hall here, obtained in the 29th of Henry III., a charter for a weekly ma[r]ket on Thursday, and a fair on St. Peter and St. Paul's day; but the former has long been obsolete, and the latter is now a stock fair, . . . The Cambridge University's manor of Caston Hall, T.T. Adlington, Esq.'s manor of Massingham, and W. Brown, Esq.'s manor of Bonnetts-and-Bayleys, extend into this parish; but the principal landowners are W. Birch, Esq., T.T. Clarke, Esq., Misses Bullock, and the Rev. Benj. Barker. The Church (All Saints) is a large, handsome fabric, . . . The interior  . . . has several neat monuments to the Bullock, Lane, Deval, and other families. The benefice is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £27. 7s. 6d., and in 1831 at £1140, and is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Benj. Barker. The tithes were commuted in 1845. Here are three Chapels, belonging to the Independents, and the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists. Shipdham FREE SCHOOL was built in 1749, on part of the town land, and is endowed with a farm of 46A.3R.3P., bequeathed by Thomas Bullock, Esq., in 1735, . . . The farm is now let for £70 a year,  . . .  The TOWN ESTATE consists of seven tenements, a barn, a house and garden, and about 28 acres of land in this parish, and a farm of 47A. at Reymerstone,  . . . That part of the estate in Shipdham, was acquired by gift or purchase, during the 16th century, for the general use of the parish, but the farm at Reymerstone was purchased in 1650, for £648," [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]



Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
The Memorial Inscriptions of the Church and Churchyard of All Saints, Shipdham, Norfolk.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 2002]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



  • 1841:
         Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
         Indexes from the 1841 Census Returns of Shipdham, Norfolk.
         [Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1990s]
  • 1861
  • 1891: Surname List
  • 1891

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Hingham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Church of All Saints
Pictures of the church.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Spence, Keith J.
A Shipdham Centenary, 1881-1981.
Shipdham Congregational and United Reformed Churches.
[Shipdham, 1981]

Church Records

Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
All Saints Church, Shipdham
Shipdam Churchwardens Accounts 1511-1567.
[Transcription, 1960s]
List of Rectors
14th-20th centuries.

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), Shipdham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Parish council, etc.
Woods, Maurice
A History of Shipdham.
[Shipdham, 1984]
Woods, Maurice
A View of Shipdham: 1890-1940.
[Shipdham, Shipdham Press, 1985]
Woods, Maurice
Shipdham: The American Connection.
[Shipdham, Shipdham Press, 1985]
Woods, Maurice
Shipdham: Past and Present.
[Shipdham, Shipdham Press, 1987]
Woods, Maurice
Looking Back at Shipdham.
[Shipdham, Shipdham Press, 1988]
Shipdham Market Street Post Mill
Description and history.
Shipdham Mill Road Post Mill
Description and history.
Shipdham West End Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Shipdham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Shipdham is in Mitford hundred.

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



Early history
From the 11th century.

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Shipdham Inclosure Act, 1807.
An act for inclosing lands, in the parish of Shipdham, in the county of Norfolk.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1807]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF960074 (Lat/Lon: 52.628895, 0.894267), Shipdham which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.

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

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 decrease of population in the Parish of Shipdham since 1841 is ascribed partly to the death of one builder and the relinquishment of business of another, who together employed upwards of 60 workmen, and partly to emigration."
1901 Census
"Including Blackmoor Row, Crowshill, Little Hale, and Thorpe Row."

Other population figures



Shipdham Union Friendly Society
Shipdham Union Friendly Society for assuring support to men and women in sickness, infirmity and old age, and a sum payable at death: Rules.
[Dereham, Barker, 1830s]