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Norfolk: Bridgham

For more information about this parish see Norfolk Parish Links.
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Modern and Historical Maps of this Parish.

Bridgham is about 6 miles N.E. of Thetford.
The name may also be spelled Bridgeham.

Cemeteries

See Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

Census

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description, history and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Parish Register Transcripts
Marriages.
Marriages
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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Bridgham was in Guiltcross Registration District.

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Harper, Charles Hugh Richardson
Breckland Portraits: recollections of a Norfolk parson.
Bridgham, Riddlesworth and West Harling.
[ISBN 1901470032, East Harling, Taverner Publications, 1997]
O'Neale, David; and Harper, Charles Hugh Richardson
A Breckland Time-piece: Tales of Bridgham folk and their Harling neighbours, in the words of 'Hugh the Harp'.
[1996]
O'Neale, David
Lest we forget: Bridgham and Roudham in the Great War.
[ISBN 1901470105, East Harling, Taverner Publications, 2006]
Bridgham Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

Directories

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

Bridgham is in Shropham hundred.

Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Bridgham Inclosure Act, 1804.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Bridgham, in the county of Norfolk.
[1804]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

Maps

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Guiltcross Registration District, 1836
Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish and nearby places.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

Military Records

Roll of Honour
World War 1.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc

Population

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
Houses
Families Population
18013550242
18113650245
18213761294
18313760291
184161--328
185167--339
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
186172--328
18716969300
18814771274
18917174294
19016469255
1911--65254

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.

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."
1881 Census
The number of inhabited houses really is 47.

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers
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August 2009