"TAVERHAM, the small village which gives name to this hundred, is situated on the north bank of the Wensum, commanding a fine view of the vale, and distant 5½ miles N.W. of Norwich. The parish contains 211 inhabitants, and 2021A. of land, with extensive plantations, partly surrounding the large lawn and picturesque mansion of Nathaniel Micklethwait, Esq., the principal owner of the soil, and lord of the manor of Taverham Hall; but part of the parish is in the Bishop's manor of Drayton. The copyholds in the latter are on fine certain, and in the former arbitrary.In the village is a large paper mill.The old church was destroyed by lightning in 1458. The present CHURCH (St. Edmund,) is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8. 5s. 5d., and now possessing 42 acres of glebe, and a yearly rent of £310 awarded in 1844, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. John Surtees is the incumbent, and the Bishop of Norwich, patron." [William White  History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Taverham is also the name of the hundred, the deanery, and the petty sessional division, so a reference to Taverham could mean this parish, or this area of Norfolk.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Taverham, 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 St Edmund.

Church History

Church of St Edmund
Description, minister, services, picture, etc.
Church of St Edmund
Pictures of the church.
Sims, Judith M.
St Edmund's Church, Taverham: a guide.
[Norwich, Interprint, 2000?]

Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages, Taverham, 1720-1753.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Sims, Judith M.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Taverham Church of England Parish Registers, 1601-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1986]
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), Taverham was in St Faith's Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Drayton, Taverham and Thorpe Marriott
Description, history, events, churches, pictures, businesses, etc.
Taverham Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Taverham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Taverham is in Taverham Hundred.

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

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



Johnson, Brent
Taverham cartridge factory.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.8, no.2, 2007]
Mason, Joseph
Words on Paper - History of Taverham.
Norgate, Thomas Bladwell
A history of Taverham from early times to 1969.
[Taverham, 1969]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG160141 (Lat/Lon: 52.681378, 1.19442), Taverham which are provided by:


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 17 33 201
1811 17 31 191
1821 16 35 192
1831 16 37 191
1841 42 -- 211
1851 39 -- 207
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 40 -- 212
1871 41 41 222
1881 43 44 207
1891 46 46 222
1901 42 42 169
1911 -- 45 198

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.

1851 Census
"In Drayton an increase of population has been caused by an influx of labourers employed at the paper-mills in the adjoining Parish of Taverham, where there are few cottages."
1861 Census
"ST. FAITHS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the District of St. Faiths is attributed to the migration of labourers and their families to the manufacturing districts."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 198, 18 were in a large establishment or institution. This might have been Taverham Hall.


Beer, Peter J.
Where elephants nest: portrait of a school, Taverham Hall, Norwich.
[ISBN 0948069155, Norwich, Coorlea Publishing, Taverham Hall Educational Trust, 1996]