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"WEREHAM is a pleasant village, on a gentle acclivity, 2 miles N.W. of Stoke Ferry, and 12 miles S. by E. of Lynn, including in its parish 625 inhabitants, and 2,145 acres of land, more than half of which is in grass. The principal land owners are, J.B.S. Bradfield, Esq., J. Houchen, Esq., Rev. J.B. Sparke, H.B. Mason, Esq., the Norwich Union Insurance Co., and the Trustees of the late A. Sewell, Esq., the first of whom is lord of Cavenham, and the last are lords of Wereham manor. Cavenham House, the ancient seat of the family of Eyres, is now occupied by a farmer. Wiron Hall, the old manor house, stood in a field, now called Stoneoaks close. The present Wereham Hall was built by its present occupant, John Houchen, Esq., about 14 years ago, and is a neat mansion,  . . . Winwall Priory, so called from its being dedicated to St. Winwaloe, was founded by the Earls of Clare, in the time of Richard I., or King John, for Benedictine monks, and granted at the dissolution to Thomas Guybon and Wm. Mynn. . . . Wereham CHURCH, (St. Margaret,) has a nave, south aisles, chancel, and square tower, with one bell. . . . The Wesleyans have a chapel here;." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



Church of St Margaret of Antioch
Transcriptions of memorials in the church, the war memorial, and gravestones in the churchyard.
This is a link to an archived copy.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 Margaret of Antioch.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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), Wereham was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Wissey Valley Web Pages
Including Wereham, Wretton, West Dereham, Boughton, Stoke Ferry and Whittington in the Wissey Valley in West Norfolk.
Barton Bendish, Beachamwell, Shingham, Boughton and Wereham.
News, events, history, churches, pictures, etc.
Wereham Lynn Road Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Wereham Stoke Ferry Road Post Mill
Description, history and map.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Wereham is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

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Land and Property

Impey, Edward
The alien priory of St Winwaloe and Winnold House at Wereham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol 44, part 3, 2004]
See Stoke Ferry.
See Stoke Ferry.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


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   72   82 407
1811   54   89 424
1821 106 114 546
1831 116 117 575
1841 126 --- 625
1851 141 --- 609
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 137 --- 597
1871 146 146 647
1881 142 151 614
1891 137 137 554
1901 130 130 478
1911 --- 132 498

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.



Milsom, Mary E.
A short history of Wereham school: The first hundred years, 1876-1976.
Extracts from the school log book for 1876-1888.