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Bessingham or Bassingham, Norfolk

Historical Description

Bessingham or Bassingham, a parish in Norfolk, 6 miles SW of Cromer, and 6 NW from Gunton station on the G.E.R. Post town, Norwich; money order and telegraph office, Aldborough. Acreage, 495; population, 125. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; gross value, £193. The church, a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, has a round tower, and was restored in 1869. The moat-yard near it is a fosse-girt tumulus of about ½ an acre. It was probably a Roman encampment, some Roman pottery having been found there in 1870. In 1884 a detached portion of this parish was added to Barningham Winter under the Divided Parishes Act.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorfolk 
Ecclesiastical parishBessingham St. Mary 
HundredNorth Erpingham 
Poor Law unionErpingham 

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