Burnham Overy


"BURNHAM OVERY parish has 613 inhabitants, and 1,863 acres of land, and includes the large village of Burnham Overy Staith, situated nearly 2 miles N.N.E. of Burnham Market, on a rivulet or creek, which crosses the salt-marshes by two channels to the ocean, and is navigable for vessels of 60 or 90 tons up to the Staith, where the spring tides rise 9 or 10 feet, and where a considerable trade in coal and corn is carried on, as well as in oysters, of which there is an excellent bed in the offing, where 5 boats and 15 fishermen are regularly employed. The CHURCH (St. Clement,) stands on a bold eminence, a mile S. of the Staith, near the Wells road, and the remains of an ancient cross; 1 mile N.E. of Burnham Market. It has a short square tower, surmounted by a turret and bell; and in the same enclosure there was formerly another church, dedicated to St. Andrew, but no traces of it now remain; the cures being consolidated in 1421, as a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8. The patronage is in the Crown, and the Hon. and Rev. Fdk. Hotham, M.A., of Dennington, Suffolk, is the incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Burnham Overy is about 11 miles E. of Hunstanton.
It includes Burnham Overy Town and Burnham Overy Staithe.
It is part of a group of parishes called The Burnhams.
See also Burnham Market
and Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Norton, Burnham Sutton with Ulph and Burnham Thorpe.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Burnham, 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 Clement.
    There was also a church dedicated to St Andrew, but there was no trace of it by 1845.

Church History

Church of St Clement
Description and pictures.
Earle, Audrey
Saint Clement's Church, Burnham Overy.
[Burnham Overy, The Church, 1963]
Church of St Clement
Wall painting of St Christopher.

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), Burnham Overy was in Docking Registration District.

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Description & Travel

The Burnhams
Description and pictures.
Monbiot, Raymond
The Burnhams Book of Characters and Memories.
(Including Burnham Market, Burnham Overy, Burnham Thorpe and Burnham Norton).
[ISBN 0954256700, Burnham Market, 2002]
Burnham Overy Lower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Burnham Overy Town Mill
Burnham Overy Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Burnham Overy Union Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Burnham Overy Staithe Mill
Description and history.
Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society,
Burnham Overy Watermill.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society" vol 4, 1989]

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Historical Geography

Burnham Overy is in Brothercross Hundred.

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

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



Rye, Walter
Early life in the Manor of Burnham.
(Including Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Market, Burnham Overy, Burnham Norton, Burnham Thorpe and Burnham Westgate).
[Norwich, Samuel Miller, in "Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany" vol.1, 1873]

Land & Property


Law & Legislation

Roberts, Robert
Case Notes of P.C. Robert Roberts of Burnham Overy.
[Photocopy in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1840s]


Faden's Map of Norfolk 1797
Extract, showing the Burnhams.

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Military Records

Roll of Honour for Burnham Overy.
World Wars 1 and 2.

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Poor Houses, Poor Law