"SPARHAM, a pleasant village and parish, on the Norwich and Fakenham turnpike, 4 miles S.W. of Reepham, has 321 souls, and 1660 acres of land. The Earl of Leicester is lord of the manor, and owner of most of the soil. The Church (Virgin Mary,) has a tower and three bells. The rectory, valued in the King's book at £9. 17s. 11d., has 92A. of glebe, a good residence, and a yearly rent of £481, awarded in 1842, in lieu of tithes. E. Loombe, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Thomas Starling Norgate, incumbent. The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here, built of wood. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
- In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Sparham, 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 the Virgin Mary.
- Church of the Virgin Mary
- Description and pictures.
- Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
- St Mary's, Sparham.
[Sparham, The Church, 1976]
- These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Sparham to another place.
Sparham is in Eynsford Hundred.
- Parish outline and location.
- See Parish Map for Eynsford Hundred
- Description of Eynsford Hundred
- 1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
You can see the administrative areas in which Sparham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Great Britain: Statute
- Sparham Inclosure Act, 1806.
An act for allotting lands in the parishes of Sparham and Billingford, in the county of Norfolk.
[George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1806]
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG073197 (Lat/Lon: 52.735096, 1.069192), Sparham which are provided by:
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- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)