East Wretham


"WRETHAM, (EAST and WEST,) about 6 miles N.N.E. of Thetford, are two adjoining parishes. East Wretham has 194 souls, 2572 acres, a small village of its own name, and another called Stone Bridge, in a rivulet, nearly a mile E. of the church. West Wretham has 103 souls, 3121 acres, a few scattered houses, and Wretham Hall, . . . This mansion is the seat of Wyrley Birch, Esq., owner of both parishes, lord of the manor, and patron of the consolidated rectories, valued in 1831, at £550, and in the King's Books, one at £11. 12s. 3½d., and the other at £12. 11s. 3d. The Rev. F.L. Birch, M.A., is the incumbent. East Wretham Church (St. Ethelbert,) is a small neat edifice; but that at West Wretham (St. Lawrence,) has been long in ruins." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also West Wretham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 Ethelbert.

Church History

Church of St Ethelbert
Description and history.
Church of St Ethelbert
Picture of the church.

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or 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), East Wretham was in Thetford Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

East and West Wretham
News, events, parish council, pictures, etc.
Raker, Melinda
Wretham: 900 years of a Norfolk estate.
[Boughtons Printers, 1995]
East Wretham Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
East Wretham Water Mill
Description and picture.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

East Wretham is in Shropham Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL916901 (Lat/Lon: 52.47519, 0.819694), East Wretham which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour for East and West Wretham
World Wars 1 and 2.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



East Wretham School
Description and picture.