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Norfolk: Great Walsingham

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Modern and Historical Maps of this Parish.

Great Walsingham is about 5 miles N. of Fakenham.
It is also known as Old Walsingham.
It is now a small village. Its neighbour, Little (or New) Walsingham, is the location of the Anglican shrine, and is a much larger place. A reference to "Walsingham" will usually mean "Little Walsingham".
See also Little Walsingham.

Cemeteries

See Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

Census

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Services, etc.
Linnell, Charles L.S.
A Short Guide to St Mary's, Little Walsingham with St Giles', Houghton and St Peter's, Great Walsingham.
[Fakenham, Lancaster Press, 1960s]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
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 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Great Walsingham was in Walsingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

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

Directories

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

Great Walsingham is in North Greenhoe hundred.

Land and Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (59): Great Walsingham, Little Walsingham, and Houghton next Walsingham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1808.
[1809]
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (7): Great Walsingham, Little Walsingham, and Houghton next Walsingham: further claims.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1808.
[1809]
Great Britain: Statute
Great Walsingham, Little Walsingham and Houghton St Giles Inclosure Act, 1808.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Great Walsingham, Little Walsingham, and Houghton next Walsingham, in the county of Norfolk: 27th May 1808.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1808]

Maps

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Walsingham 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

This has been found by the Norfolk transcribers for FreeREG, in the Gt Walsingham parish register of baptisms 1719-1782, marriages 1720-1753, and burials 1719-1783.

June the 21st 1770. When Dr. Young, the Lord Bishop of Norwich,
held a Visitation at Fakenham, the Number of Houses in Walsingham
magna was 58, the Number of Men, Women & Children, 255.
M Powell, Minister.
1770.

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
1801  4967289
1811  6869347
1821  6888413
1831  9494434
1841  94--426
1851106--476
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861110---512
1871107109480
1881  98104452
1891  91  92422
1901  85  85374
1911---  84351

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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October 2008