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Norfolk: Great Dunham

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Great Dunham is about 5 miles N.E. of Swaffham.
See also Little Dunham.


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Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, etc.
Carthew, George Alfred
Notices of the Saxon or Early Norman Church of Great Dunham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.1, 1847]
Great Dunham Chapel
Reminiscences of Great Dunham Chapel.
[The Chapel, 1998]

Church Records

Marriages 1538-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 2.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Parish Register Extracts
From "Norfolk Archaeology" vol.1, 1847.
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 Dunham was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Great Dunham Smock Mill
Description and history.
Great Dunham Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (39): East Lexham and Great Dunham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1795.
Great Britain: Statute
East Lexham and Great Dunham Inclosure Act, 1795.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing the whole-year lands, common fields, half-year or shack lands, commons and waste grounds within the parishes of East Lexham and Great Dunham in the county of Norfolk.
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
World War 1.
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  50  66361
1811  50  66330
1821  61103468
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1881  99100394
1901  85  85333
1911--  91364

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.

1841 or 1851 Census
"Several persons have emigrated from Great Dunham Parish since 1831."

Voting Registers

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February 2009