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Norfolk: Bressingham

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Bressingham is about 2 miles N.W. of Diss.
See also Bessingham.


Church of St John the Baptist
Transcriptions of gravestones in the churchyard.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St John the Baptist
Description and pictures.
Church of St John the Baptist
Services, etc.
Cotton, Simon; and Tricker, Roy
St John the Baptist, Bressingham: a brief guide.
[Norfolk Churches Trust, 1980s]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages, Bressingham, 1559-1755.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Bressingham was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Bressingham was in Depwade Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Bressingham and Fersfield
Parish council, organisations, news, pictures, etc.
Handy, Elizabeth
Behind the view: portraits of a Norfolk village, Bressingham, then and now.
[ISBN 0952754908, Bressingham, 1996]
Bressingham Common Smock Mill
Description, history and map.
Bressingham Fen Street Smock Mill
Description, history and picture.
Bressingham Lopham Road Smock Mill
Description, history and picture.
Bloom, Alan
Steam alive: the story of Bressingham steam museum.
[ISBN 0948251565, Picton Publishing, 1992]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Bressingham and Fersfield Inclosure Act, 1799.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing, the Lammas meadows, fen grounds, commons, and waste lands, within the parishes of Bressingham and Fersfield, in the county of Norfolk, and for extinguishing all rights of common, sheepwalk, and shackage, in, over, and upon, all the lands and grounds within the said parishes.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

War Memorial
World Wars 1 and 2.
This is a link to an archived copy.
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
1801  75108650
1811  84122635
1821  88126702
1831  91155655
Year   Inhabited
Families Population

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.

1831 Census
"The Parish of Bressingham has experienced a decrease of Population (47 Persons), partly attributed to Families emigrating to the United States."
1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."
1901 Census
"Including Bressingham Common, and Fen Street."

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers

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August 2009