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Little Walsingham is about 4 miles N. of Fakenham.
It is also known as New Walsingham.
It is a small town, much larger than Great (or Old) Walsingham, and developed because of the Anglican shrine (here) and Roman Catholic shrine (at Houghton St Giles). A reference to "Walsingham" will usually mean this place.
See also Great Walsingham and Houghton St Giles.


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Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary and All Saints
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary
Pictures of the church.
Barnes, John
St Mary's Church, Walsingham.
[Walsingham, The Church, 1982]
Lee-Warner, James
Little Walsingham Church.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.6, 1864]
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]
The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Description, history, pictures, etc.
The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Archives of the Anglican Shrine, with publications, reminiscences, pictures, etc
The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Description and pictures.
The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Description, history and pictures.
The Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is at Houghton St Giles
Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation
Description and pictures.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Methodist Church
Description and pictures.
Hawkes, John E.
Methodism in Walsingham in the 19th century.
[ISBN 0950216747, 1998]
Russian Orthodox Church in Walsingham
Description, history and pictures, including the Church of the Transfiguration at Great Walsingham, and the Chapel of St Seraphim and the Chapel of the Mother of God at Little Walsingham.
Russian Orthodox Chapel of St Seraphim
Description and pictures.
Martin, A.R.
The Greyfriars of Walsingham.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.25, 1934/5]

The Walsingham Shrines and Pilgrimage

Bond, H.A.
The Walsingham story through 900 years, 1061-1961: a tribute for the 9th centenary of the shrine.
[Walsingham, Norfolk, Greenhoe Press, 1960]
Box, Hubert S.
The Story of Walsingham's Shrine: a brief history.
[Walsingham, The Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, 1978]
Dickinson, John Compton
The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
[Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1956]
Fisher, Claude
Walsingham, a place of pilgrimage for all people.
[ISBN 0950889407, Walsingham, Salutation Press, 1983]
Fisher, Claude
Walsingham lives on.
[ISBN 085183289X, London, Catholic Truth Society, 1979]
Gillett, H.M.
Walsingham: the history of a famous shrine.
[London, Burns, Oates and Washbourne, 1950]
Gurney, Anne and Gurney, John
Walsingham: a place for pilgrimage.
[Walsingham, Walsingham Estate Co., 1976]
Pyle-Bridges, Dominic
Guide to the sanctuary of Our Lady of Walsingham, England's Nazareth.
[London, League of Anglican Loyalists, 1981]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
St Mary: Baptisms 1813-1880
Circuit Register Transcripts
Wesleyan Methodists: Baptisms
Independant Free Methodists: Baptisms 1835
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), Little Walsingham was in Walsingham Registration District.

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Description and Travel

Little Walsingham
History, shrines, pictures, maps, tourist information, etc.
Little Walsingham
Description, history, organisations, pictures, etc.
Little Walsingham
History, shrines, etc.
Little Walsingham
Description and pictures.
Walsingham Memories
Pictures, families, etc.
England's Nazareth
History, description and pictures.
Little Walsingham Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Gilbert, Father
What to see in Walsingham: an historical guide book.
[Walsingham, Greyfriars, 1948]
Jepson, F.M.
Guide to Little Walsingham, Great Walsingham and Houghton-in-the-Hole.
[London, Jarrold and Sons, 1900s]
Landale, Scilla
Walk around and discover Walsingham.
[ISBN 0951941801, Walsingham, 1992]
Lingwood, Lemmon
The illustrated guide to Wells-next-the-Sea, including Holkham, Walsingham, Fakenham, and Districts: containing full description of Lord Nelson's birthplace.
[London, Jarrold, (18-?)]
Smith, Charles
A pocket guide to Walsingham.
[ISBN 026467135X, London, Mowbray, 1988]
Walsingham and District History Society
The Walsingham Millennium Book: interviews and recollections.
[Walsingham, Walsingham and District History Society, 2001]
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Family History
Surnames being researched.

Historical Geography

Little Walsingham is in North Greenhoe Hundred.
Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for North Greenhoe Hundred
Description of North Greenhoe Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk


Burtt, Joseph
On certain guilds formerly existing in the town of Little Walsingham.
[London, Published at the Office of the Archaeological Institute, 1851]
Cobb, Peter G. (editor)
[ISBN 1872971008, White Tree Books, 1990]
Fears, Howard
A Norfolk community in decline: a social and economic history of Victorian Walsingham.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia Thesis, 1999]
Goodrich, Percival John
Walsingham: its history and its shrines.
[Norwich, Jarrold, 1937]
Rollings, Peter
Walsingham in times past.
[ISBN 0861570464, Chorley, Countryside Publications, 1981]

Land and Property

See Great Walsingham
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Little Walsingham
Plan of the town.
Little Walsingham
Plan of the town.
Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
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
1891234254  936
1901221226  867
1911---225  817

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 and 1851 Censuses
"The Return for Little Walsingham includes 50 persons in 1841, and 51 in 1851, in the House of Correction."
1861 Census
"The decrease of population in Little Walsingham parish is attributed partly to the removal of inmates from the Bridewell to Swaffham, Wymondham, and Norwich, partly to the breaking up of schools, and partly to the migration of labourers."

Voting Registers

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October 2008