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"SHROPHAM, which gives name to this Hundred, is a scattered village and parish, 5 miles N. by W. of East Harling, comprising 513 souls, and 2596 acres of land, lying in the three manors of Breccles-Parva, Pakenhams, and Bradcar Hall. Henry D'Esterre Hemsworth, Esq., of Shropham Hall, is lord of the first; and the trustees of the Great Hospital, Norwich, are lords of the other manors . . . and also patrons of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8. 13s. 9d., and in 1831, at £304. The Rev. J.B. Thompson is the incumbent. The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here. In the village is a School, supported by subscription. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pamela Littlefair]

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Shropham is also the name of the hundred, so a reference to Shropham could mean this parish, or this area of Norfolk.

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Cemeteries

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Transcriptions of the war memorial, and memorials in the church and cemetery.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Transcriptions and photographs of gravestones in the churchyard.
Not all gravestones may be included, even when a site is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be photographed.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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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 Peter and St Paul.
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Church History

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Services, etc.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Shropham was in Wayland Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Shropham
News, organisations, etc.
Shropham Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Shropham Mill Farm Smock Mill
Description, history and map.
Shropham Mill Lane Smock Mill
Description, history and picture.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Shropham which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Shropham 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 Shropham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Shropham Inclosure Act, 1798.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing, the whole year lands, common fields, half year or shack lands, commons, and waste grounds, within the parish of Shropham, in the county of Norfolk.
[1798]
Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Manor Farm Shropham: a history.
[Unpublished typescript in Norfolk Local Studies Library, 2002]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL983933 (Lat/Lon: 52.501176, 0.920276), Shropham which are provided by:

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Military Records

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Population

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
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1801  56  73411
1811  53  80400
1821  51  99457
1831  98109507
1841105---513
1851106---513
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861115---510
1871114116456
1881106108433
1891  89  92340
1901  87  88352
1911---  84322

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."