"STALHAM, a large and handsome village, with a Post Office, 8½ miles S.E. of North Walsham, and 14½ miles N.E. by N. of Norwich, includes within its parish 679 inhabitants, and 1759A. of land, exclusive of 33A. of roads and water. A little south of the village, are two wharfs, or staiths, . . . Miss Brooke is lady of the manor of Linford and Wilds, and the Rev. Richard Johnson is lord of the manor of Stalham Hall. They are also impropriators of most of the great tithes, and owners of the chief part of the soil; and the rest belongs to the family of Cooke, and several smaller proprietors. The Church is a fine Gothic edifice, dedicated to St. Mary. . . . The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5; but it was augmented in 1753, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and has now a good residence, with 6A. 1R. 12P. of glebe. The Marquis Cholmondeley is patron, and the Rev. James White, M.A., incumbent. The rectorial tithes have been commuted . . . About 480 acres are free of great tithes. Here is a National School, built in 1841, and a small Methodist Chapel." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Happing (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Stalham.
See Brumstead

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Waxham, 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 Mary.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
Baptist Church
Services, pictures, etc.
Jewson, Charles Boardman
Stalham Baptist Church, 1653-1953.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
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 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Stalham was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Stalham was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Stalham and Sutton
Description and pictures.
Description, history, pictures, churches, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Cooke, William Henry
Stalham notes - events at Stalham since 1795.
[Stalham, 1909]
Farman, Derek T.; Taylor, G.; and Turley, R.D.
Stalham and District in times past.
[ISBN 0861570561, Chorley, Countryside Publications, 1982]
Farman, Derek T.
One hundred and fifty years of service: Stalham fire brigade, 1833-1983.
[Wymondham, Geo. R. Reeve, 1983]
Stalham Smock Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Stalham Staithe Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Hunsett Drainage Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel




Historical Geography

Stalham is in Happing Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Happing Hundred
Description of Happing Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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



A Chronology of Medieval Stalham
This is a link to an archived copy.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG372253 (Lat/Lon: 52.773174, 1.514568), Stalham which are provided by:


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
Families Population
1801   77 102 476
1811   78 106 471
1821   88 120 492
1831 141 141 613
1841 147 --- 729
1851 149 --- 698
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 169 --- 750
1871 178 196 796
1881 182 186 852
1891 197 201 867
1901 226 227 892
1911 --- 258 958

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.

1841 Census
"The Return for Stalham includes 50 strangers attending the fair at the adjacent village of Ingham."
1861 Census
"TUNSTEAD. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the Tunstead District, which forms the "Tunstead and Happing Incorporation" for the support of the poor, is attributed to emigration and the migration of young persons to other parts."
1901 Census
"Including Stalham Green."


Turley, Roy D.
Stalham central school to high school, 1939-1989.
[ISBN 0861572912, Countryside Publications, 1989]