"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]


Church Directories

  • 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 History

Church of the Virgin Mary
Description and pictures.
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
St Mary's, Sparham.
[Sparham, The Church, 1976]

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or 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), Sparham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

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Historical Geography

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.


Land & Property

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]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG073197 (Lat/Lon: 52.735096, 1.069192), Sparham which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law