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"WITCHINGHAM (GREAT) is a parish containing 2153A. 3R. 7P. of land, 624 inhabitants, and 129 houses, mostly in the hamlet or village of LENWADE, near Lenwade Bridge, on the north side of the river Wensum, 3½ miles S. of Reepham, and 10 miles N.W. of Norwich. The soil belongs chiefly to Chas. Kett Tompson, and Peter Le Neve Foster, Esqrs., the former of whom resides at the Hall, . . . on the north bank of the Wensum. John Norris, Esq.,  . . .  built what is now called Witchingham Old Hall. Peter Le Neve, Esq., who died in 1724, was the first president of the Antiquarian Society,  . . . Two other worthies of this parish were, John Brettin, bishop of Hereford, who died in 1275; and Sir Wm. Wychingham, Judge of the Common Pleas, in 1363. Eades Mill is partly in Whitwell parish. There is a corn mill, and large inn, near the bridge, at Lenwade. The Church (St. Mary) stands on an eminence,  . . . The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5, is consolidated with the rectory of Little Witchingham, and enjoyed by the Rev. Wm. Howard, who has 34A. 1R. 4P. of glebe, and has lately rebuilt the Parsonage House." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Sparham, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church of Great Witchingham is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    The church at Lenwade is dedicated to St Faith. It was formerly the Mission Church of All Saints, and this dedication was transferred to it when the Little Witchingham building became redundant.
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Church History

Church of St Mary at Great Witchingham
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary at Great Witchingham
Description, services, minister and picture.
The Church
A guide to St Mary's Parish Church, Great Witchingham, Norfolk.
[Hillingdon, Cathay Press, 1976]
 
Church of St Faith at Lenwade
Description and pictures.
Church of St Faith at Lenwade
Description, services, minister and picture.
 
Bolingbroke, Leonard G.
The Reformation in a Norfolk Parish. (Great Witchingham)
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology" vol.13, 1898]
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Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages: Great Witchingham, 1539-1658 and 1722-1752.
[Handwritten list in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1930s]
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Great Witchingham was in St Faith's Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Great Witchingham Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Lenwade Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Great Witchingham is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

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

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Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Great Witchingham Inclosure Act, 1809.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Great Witchingham, in the county of Norfolk: 12th May 1809.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1809]

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG103200 (Lat/Lon: 52.736811, 1.113739), Great Witchingham which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law