West Beckham


"BECKHAM, (WEST) is a small parish, 4 miles E. of Holt, containing 179 souls, and 785 acres of land, belonging to several owners, but Wm. Repton, Esq., is lord of the manor. The Church (All Saints,) is a perpetual curacy, augmented from 1790 to 1815, with £600 of Queen Anne's Bounty, partly laid out in 13 acres of land. It was valued in 1831 at £61, and is enjoyed by the Rev. John Spurrell. The Dean and Chapter of Norwich are patrons, and also appropriators of the tithes, now held on lease by Mr. S. Sayers, and commuted in 1839 for £210 per annum." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]


See also East Beckham.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Ingworth, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
    Until 1857 it had been in the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

Church Records

West Beckham Marriages 1689-1836
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 3.
Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1724-1812, Marriages 1725-1811 and Burials 1724-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
Workhouse Registers
Baptisms and Burials.

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), West Beckham was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

West Beckham is in South Erpingham Hundred.
It is a detached parish, being between Holt Hundred and North Erpingham Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG139397 (Lat/Lon: 52.911904, 1.179912), West Beckham which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

After 1834 West Beckham became part of the Erpingham Union, and the workhouses were at Gimingham and Sheringham. In 1850 these were replaced by a new workhouse in this parish.

Erpingham Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
Erpingham Union and Workhouses
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
Erpingham Union and Workhouses
Description and pictures.