Place:Great Massingham, Norfolk, England

NameGreat Massingham
Alt namesMarsinchamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 192
Marsingharcsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 192
Masinchamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 192
Masingehamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 192
Masinghehamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 192
Masingichamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 192
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates52.767°N 0.667°E
Located inNorfolk, England
See alsoFreebridge Lynn Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
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source: Family History Library Catalog

Great Massingham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It has an area of 17.17 km2 (6.63 sq mi) and a population of 902 according to the 2011 UK census. (Source: Wikipedia)

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

"MASSINGHAM (GREAT), a village and a parish in Freebridge-Lynn district, Norfolk. The village stands near the Peddar way, 7 miles NE of East Winch [railway] station, and 12 E by N of [King's] Lynn; was formerly a market town; and has a post office under Brandon, and fairs on Monday-Thursday and 8 Nov. The parish comprises 4,112 acres. Real property: £5,191. Population: 934. Houses: 191. The property is subdivided. One manor belongs to the Marquis of Cholmondeley, and another to the Earl of Leicester. An Augustinian priory was founded here, before 1260, by Nicholas le Syre; became a cell to the priory of Westacre; and, at the dissolution, was given to Sir T. Gresham. About 1,000 acres are heath and sheepwalk. Traces of ancient British dwellings exist. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value: £900. Patron: the Marquis of Cholmondeley. The church is later English; was repaired in 1865; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £26."

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