Foulsham, a village and a parish in Norfolk. The village stands on an affluent of the river Wensum, with a station on the G.E.R., and another named Guestwick, 1½ mile NE on the Midland and Great Northern Joint railway, 12 miles W from Aylsham. Post, money order, and telegraph office under East Dereham. It was almost totally destroyed by fire in 1770, was afterwards rebuilt on a better plan and with cheerful aspect, was once a market-town, and has still a fair on the first Tuesday of May. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net yearly value, —£572 with residence. Patron, Lord Hastings. The church was restored at the rebuilding of the village, and has a fine tower. The churchyard contains an ancient altar-tomb, bearing a curious broken inscription in Saxon characters. The parish comprises -3276 acres; population, 1015, There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Foulsham Holy Innocents|
|Poor Law union||Aylsham|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Foulsham from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Foulsham (Holy Innocents))
Online maps of Foulsham are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
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- Norwich Mercury
- Norfolk Chronicle
- Diss Express
- Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
- Norfolk News
The Visitations of Norfolk 1563, 1589, and 1613 is available on the Heraldry page.