"SOUTHERY is a considerable village, on the London road, 7 miles S. of Downham, on a gentle eminence surrounded by fens and marshes. Its parish increased its inhabitants from 739 in 1831, to 1023 in 1841, and contains about 3,500 acres of land, watered by the Great Ouse river, over which there is a Ferry, about a mile S.W. of the church. . . . Robt. Cunningham Taylor, Esq., is lord of the manor; but the soil belongs to several proprietors. The CHURCH (St. Mary,) is a neat fabric without a tower. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £7 10s., and in 1831 at £303, is in the gift of Geo. Hall, Esq., of Ely, and the incumbency of the Rev. Chas. Mann. Here is a National School, established in 1844; and a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1842. The Baptists and Primitive Methodists have preaching rooms in the village. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]


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 both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary.
    The ruins still exist of the previous church, also dedicated to St Mary.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Ruins of the previous Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
Legge, Judith
A Little History of Southery and its Churches.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, location, picture, etc.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Marriages, 1725-1812.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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), Southery was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Southery Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Southery Village
News, organisations, etc.
Bullen, Mike
Around Downham Market.
Photographs of Downham Market, Denver, Hilgay and Southery.
[ISBN 1845881115, Nonsuch Publishing, Pocket Images Series, 2005]
Southery Post Mill
Description, history and picture.
Southery Sedge Fen Drove Smock Mill
Description, history and map.
Southery Smock Mill
Description and history.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Southery which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Southery 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 Southery 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 Southery
and other parishes near Downham Market.
History of Southery and the Fens
Part 1 - to 1899.
History of Southery and the Fens
Part 2 - from 1900.
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]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL622948 (Lat/Lon: 52.526979, 0.389585), Southery which are provided by:


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   94   94   462
1811   90 122   536
1821 116 146   663
1831 147 157   739
1841 203 --- 1023
1851 232 --- 1155
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 251 --- 1164
1871 272 307 1316
1881 247 265 1176
1891 262 274 1122
1901 261 261 1106
1911 --- 275 1171

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.

1901 Census
"Including Brandon Creek, Little London, and Southery Fens."