"EARLHAM is a small hamlet on the banks of the Yare, 2 miles W. of Norwich. The greater part of the soil and the manor belong to the son of the late Bacon Frank, Esq., but the Hall is occupied by Joseph John Gurney, Esq., who has an estate here. The bridge was built in 1502, and rebuilt in 1579 and 1744. . . . EARLHAM CHURCH, dedicated to St. Mary, is a small building on the east bank of the Yare, about 2 miles W. of the [ie Norwich] Market place. It has a low square embattled tower, containing three bells, and partly mantled with ivy. It was re-pewed in 1834, and is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5. 7s. 8½d., in the gift of the heirs of Bacon Frank, Esq., and now enjoyed by the Rev. George Cotterill." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


It is a hamlet of the city, and more information may be found in the Norwich records.




Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Humbleyard, 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 Mary.

Church Records

Palgrave-Moore, Patrick (editor)
The Parish Registers of Norfolk: Earlham, 1621-1837.
[Norfolk Family History Society, 1989]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages 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), Earlham was in Norwich Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Earlham is in the County of the City of Norwich.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for the County of the City of Norwich

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



Lubbock, Percy
(Including the Ripley and Gurney families.)
[London, Jonathan Cape, (first published 1922), 1963]
Rye, Walter
History of the parish of Earlham in the city of Norwich.
[Norwich, Roberts, Rye's monographs of Norwich hamlets no 2, 1917]
Tillett, Edward A.
Norwich Scrapbooks: Norwich Hamlets: Vol.1: Eaton, Earlham and Hellesdon.
Newspaper articles, photographs, postcards, extracts from Blomefield, etc.
[In Norwich Local Studies Library, 1900s]

Land & Property

Earlham Hall
Pictures and description.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG191082 (Lat/Lon: 52.627593, 1.236305), Earlham which are provided by:


Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law