North Walsham


"WALSHAM (NORTH), a market-town and parish in the hundred of TUNSTEAD, county of NORFOLK, 15 miles (N.N.B.) from Norwich, and 124 (N.B. by N.) from London, containing 2303 inhabitants. In the year 1600, nearly the whole of this town was destroyed by a fire, which, although it continued but three hours, consumed property of the value of £20,000. It is situated on the high road to Norwich, and consists of three streets diverging from a central area, in which stands the church: the inhabitants are well supplied with water. A neat theatre has been lately erected, and is opened for performances once in two years. A navigable canal passes through the parish, a short distance north-east of the town, in its course from Antingham to Yarmouth. . . . The living is a vicarage, with the rectory of Antingham St. Mary annexed, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk, and diocese of Norwich, rated in the king's books at £8, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Norwich. The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, is a spacious structure; but the tower, having fallen in the year 1724, is in ruins." [Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright © Mel Lockie]


North Walsham is about 6 miles E.N.E. of Aylsham.
See also South Walsham.


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 Nicholas.

Church History

Page, Cecil Herbert Winter
The story of St Nicholas' Church (formerly dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary) North Walsham, Norfolk.
[North Walsham, Rounce and Wortley, 1947]

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1884 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1881), North Walsham was in Erpingham Registration District.

In 1884 it was transferred to Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration until 1930, and for the censuses of 1891 and 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

(No author)
Official guide to North Walsham.
[North Walsham and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, 1959]
Storey, Neil
North Walsham and District in old photographs.
[ISBN 0750909374, Stroud, Alan Sutton, 1995]
Storey, Neil
North Walsham and District in old photographs: A Second Selection.
[Sutton Publishing, 1998?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of North Walsham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

North Walsham is in Tunstead Hundred.

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

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



Barringer, J.C. (Editor)
North Walsham in the eighteenth century.
[North Walsham, North Walsham Branch of the WEA, 1983]
Joby, R.S.
North Walsham and Dilham Canal.
[Norwich, Kofron, 1977]
Rothery, Constance
The Poppyland Flyer: the story of the railway line from Cromer to North Walsham, 1906-1953: calling at: Cromer Links - Overstrand - Sidestrand Halt -Trimmingham and Paston and Knapton - Mundesley.
[Norfolk, Trimmingham, 1984]
Warren, Pam (Ed)
North Walsham in the nineteenth century (1820-1901).
[ISBN 0950934313, North Walsham Branch of the WEA, 1993]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG283301 (Lat/Lon: 52.820297, 1.386679), North Walsham which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Forder, Charles
A history of the Paston School, North Walsham, Norfolk.
[North Walsham, The Governors of Paston School, 1980]