"THORNHAM is a large village, near the salt marshes, on the Hunstanton Road, 6 miles W. by N. of Burnham Market. It is in Smithdon hundred, Smithdon and Brothercross petty sessional division, Docking union, Fakenham county court and Norwich bankruptcy district, Heacham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. About half a mile north of the village is a warehouse, at the head of a small creek from Brancaster Bay,  . . .  The parish extends to the beach, and had 653 inhabitants in 1881, and 2154 acres of land, mostly belonging to Captain Ames-Lynde, the lessee of the lands and rectorial tithes under the Bishop of Norwich, who has the larger manor. The rateable value is £3975. The Dean and Chapter have a small manor here; and the Hall is the property of Mrs. Margaret Hogge, of Lynn, but is now occupied as a farmhouse. The CHURCH is a spacious building,  . . . The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £10, and now at £420, with that of Holme-next-the-Sea annexed, is in the alternate patronage of the Bishop and T. Ewen, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Edward Ewen, M.A., who has here 14 acres of glebe and a handsome residence, built in 1848 at a cost of £2000. He has also a yearly tithe rent-charge of £250, besides £20 out of the great tithes, which have been commuted for £480 per annum. The Wesleyan Chapel was erected in 1870, at a cost of £180, and will seat 100 persons. The Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1869, at a cost of £350, and has 130 sittings. The NATIONAL SCHOOL,  . . . was built in 1857 by the late William Hogge, Esq. It is attended by 140 children, and supported by voluntary subscriptions and school pence. In 1857 the vicar built here a commodious room for evening lectures, &c.  . . .  the parish has the right of sending four boys to the Free School in Brancaster." [William White  History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1883) - Transcription copyright © David E A Matthews]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Heacham, 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 All Saints.

Church History

All Saints Church, Thornham
Description, history and pictures.
Butler-Stoney, Richard
Thornham Church: the Church of All Saints.
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
All Saint's Church, Thornham.
[London, Home Words, 1962]
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Historical Geography

Thornham is in Smithdon Hundred.

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

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



Bett, Pleasance M.A. and Franklin, F.S.
Thornham and its story.
[Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk Central Printers, 1989]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Thornham Inclosure Act, 1794.
An act for dividing, allotting, exchanging and inclosing the whole-year lands, open field lands, commonable marshes, commons and waste lands within the parish of Thornham in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



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