"WAXHAM, on the sea coast, 5½ miles E. of Stalham, and 14 miles N. by W. of Yarmouth, has in its parish, 76 souls, and 1911 acres of land, including Little Waxham, which has only 14 souls, and 206 acres of land, though it was anciently a large parish, but its village and church (St. Margaret,) were engulphed in the ocean several centuries ago. H.J. Conyers, Esq., is sole owner and lord of the manor of Waxham, and Lord Braybrooke is the owner of the manor of Little Waxham. The Church (St. John,) is a rectory valued in the King's Book at £6.13s.4d., and in 1831 at £330, with the vicarage at Palling annexed to it. H.J. Conyers, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Henry Ready, M.A. incumbent. The tithes of Waxham have been commuted for £343.6s. per annum, but Little Waxham is tithe-free."  [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]


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 John.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Waxham was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Waxham 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 Waxham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Land & Property

Heywood, Stephen and Ayton, John
Waxham Great Barn.
[Norwich, Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group, the Bulletin no.3, 1994]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



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Poor Houses, Poor Law