Dilham, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

DILHAM (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the incorporation of Tunstead and Happing, hundred of Tunstead, E. division of Norfolk, 5 miles (S. E.) from North Walsham. [1]

Dilham St Nicholas is an Ancient parish in the Waxham deanery of the Diocese of Norwich.
One of the 124 surviving round tower churches of Norfolk.

Four or five churches have stood on the site of St Nicholas Church. The first recorded church (it is thought there was an earlier religious building there)was built by William de Glanville c1125. The second larger edifice with a tower was built by Sir Roger Gyney c1370. After falling into disrepair this church was demolished in 1835. Another church was built shortly after but in turn this was found unsound and the present church was built by Cornish & Gaymer in 1931.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

  • Tunstead 1837-1869
  • Smallburgh 1870-1938
  • North Walsham 1939-1974

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Images of the parish register for this parish are available in historic records (formerly Record Search)
Norfolk Record Office reference PD 188 /1-8

Census records


Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

http://www.btinternet.com/~e.c.apling/1891Census/Dilham.htm transcript of 1891 census

Poor Law Unions

For Tunstead and Happing see http://www.institutions.org.uk/workhouses/england/norf/smallburgh_workhouse.htm

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Norfolk Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

http://www.achurchnearyou.com/dilham-st-nicholas/ for history of the church and parish.

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50919 British History online

http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/dilham/dilham.htm Norfolk Churches website


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 46-55.