NOTE: Beeston with Bittering is one of four (!) places in Norfolk with "Beeston" in its name. Caution is called for in selecting the correct one.
Beeston with Bittering is a civil parish in the Breckland District of Norfolk, England. According to the 2001 UK census it had a population of 505. It includes the villages of Beeston and Little Bittering (both redirected here).
Sources are not forthcoming on when the two villages merged, however A Vision of Britain through Time refers to them both as ancient parishes and not civil parishes. This infers that the merger was at least as far back as the middle of the 19th century. The two villages were definitely united for the care of the poor by 1854. (Source: Francis White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory, of Norfolk 1854, p. 785 as provided by GENUKI
Beeston is a village in the county of Norfolk, England. It is now in the civil parish of Beeston with Bittering and is west of East Dereham and south of Fakenham. It may also be known as Beeston All Saints or Beeston-next-Mileham to distinguish it from the three other villages in Norfolk named Beeston.
Sir William Calthorpe made presentations to the rectory of Beeston in 1460, 1481, and 1492.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Beeston from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
Little Bittering is sometimes referred to as Bittering Parva.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Little Bittering from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72: