Place:Lammas with Little Hautbois, Norfolk, England

NameLammas with Little Hautbois
Alt namesLamassource: alternate spelling
Lammas with Hautbois Parva
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.75°N 1.333°E
Located inNorfolk, England     (1481 - 1935)
See alsoSouth Erpingham Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Aylsham Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1935
Buxton with Lammas, Norfolk, Englandcivil parish into which it was merged in 1935
source: Family History Library Catalog

In 1481 the ancient parishes of Little Hautbois and Lammas (redirected here) were united as the parish of Lammas with Little Hautbois. In earlier centuries, agriculture was the main industry in the area. William White reported in his gazetteer of 1845 that, taken together the settlements had a population of about 300 people in 829 acres. (Source: GENUKI)

The two settlements continued as an ecclesiastical and then as a civil parish until 1935 when a second merger took place, this time with the parish of Buxton as Buxton with Lammas. Buxton is situated across the River Bure from Lammas.


Lammas (often Lamas) is historically an ecclesiastical parish in its own right, and for centuries had its own Rector.

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

"LAMMAS, a parish, with a village, in Aylsham district, Norfolk; on the river Bure, 5 miles SE of Aylsham, and 9 NNE of Norwich [railway] station. Post-town: Hevingham, under Norwich. Acres: 500. Real property, with Little Hautbois: £1,860. Population: 291. Houses: 60. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to the Rev. W. H. Marsh. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Little Hautbois, in the diocese of Norwich. Value: £250. Patron: the Rev. W. H. Marsh. The church consists of nave and chancel, with S porch and low embattled tower. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans."

The two spelling of Lammas and Lamas appear to be interchangeable.

Little Haubois

Little Hautbois is a small hamlet, part of the parish of Lammas. The name is pronounced 'Hobbis', and can be seen thus spelled on a memorial on the outside of nearby Lammas Church.

"The church of Little Hautbois, once owned by the monks of St Benet's Abbey, fell into ruin in the 15th century when the parish was amalgamated with that of Lamas. Although ruins were still visible in the 18th century, no sign of the building now remains above ground; the only trace of its existence is a depression in the grounds of Little Hautbois Hall. Little Hautbois has the feel of an isolated rural community now, but two former main transport routes pass through it: the River Bure, canalized in the 18th century to allow navigation up to Aylsham, and the Bure Valley Railway, now a light steam railway but formerly a full-sized railway." (Source: Wikipedia on Little Hautbois) The article also includes a description of Little Hautbois Hall.

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GENUKI provides some references for Lammas. Some entries lead to free online transcriptions of registers and censuses. White's Gazetteer transcription includes a list of inhabitants in 1845.
GENUKI provides some references for Little Hautbois. Some entries lead to free online transcriptions of registers and censuses.