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Norfolk: Great Bircham

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Great Bircham is about 10 miles W. of Fakenham.
It is sometimes known as Bircham St Mary.
See also Bircham Newton and Bircham Tofts.


See Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description, pictures, bells, etc.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Picture of the church.
Yaxley, David
The Old Rectory, Great Bircham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology" vol.37, 1980]

Church Records

Marriages 1669-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 12.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
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), Great Bircham was in Docking Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Great Bircham Post Mill
Description and history.
Great Bircham Tower Mill
Description, history and picture.
Great Bircham Windmill
Pictures and short history.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

Great Bircham is in Smithdon Hundred.
Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Smithdon Hundred
Description of Smithdon Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Great Bircham Land Exchanges and Inclosure Act, 1739.
An act for confirming and establishing an exchange, agreed upon by the lord of the manor and the rector of the parish church of Great Bircham in the county of Norfolk; and for promoting and facilitating an inclosure, intended to be made of divers commons, common pasture and waste grounds, lying in the said parish of Great Bircham.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
Roll of Honour - War Graves in the Churchyard
World Wars 1 and 2.
War Graves at Great Bircham
Some of the people were from Bircham Newton airfield.
Names, details, pictures, plan of graves, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Hillman, Brian and Beynon, John
The British, Commonwealth and German War Graves in St Mary's Churchyard, Great Bircham.
[King's Lynn, 2002]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc


These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861  86  --489
1881  99112460
1891  94  96392
1901  96  98368
1911  --  93366

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers

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April 2006