Place:Beechamwell, Norfolk, England

Alt namesBeachamwellsource: alternate spelling (GENUKI)
Beechamwell-All Saintssource: ecclesiastical parish
Beechamwell-St. John and St. Marysource: ecclesiastical parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.6195°N 0.5915°E
Located inNorfolk, England
See alsoClackclose Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Swaffham Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Breckland District, Norfolk, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Beechamwell is often spelled Beachamwell--Wikipedia only uses the latter spelling. Since it is some distance from the sea in a county with a long sea coast, it has been decided to call it Beechamwell here.

A Vision of Britain through Time states that Beechamwell, an ancient and civil parish, became Beachamwell, a civil parish, in 1935, absorbing the whole of Shingham parish and parts of Barton Bendish and Marham civil parishes.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Beechamwell is a village and civil parish in the Breckland District of Norfolk, England. According to the 2001 UK census it had a population of 334. It is about 10 miles (16 km) east of Downham Market.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Beechamwell from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BEECHAMWELL, a parish in Swaffham [registration] district, Norfolk; 4¼. miles S of Narborough [railway] station, and 5 SW of Swaffham. It has a post office under Swaffham. Acres: 3,730. Real property: £2,289. Population: 356. Houses: 66. The property is divided among a few. Beechamwell Lodge and Beechamwell Warren are chief residences. There are two livings, Beechamwell-All Saints and Beechamwell-St. John and St. Mary, both rectories, in the diocese of Norwich. [Beechamwell-]All Saints is united to the rectory of Shingham, and has no church. [Beechamwell-]St. John and St. Mary is a separate benefice. Value: £191. Patron: J. Fielden, Esq. The church is good, and has a fine tower."

Beechamwell had three ecclesiastical parishes: All Saints, St. John and St. Mary. All Saints merged with Shingham parish and St. John and St. Mary also merged into one eccelesiastical parish. Both of these mergers occurred before 1832 (Source: William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845). All refferences to the ecclesiastical parishes have been redirected here.

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