Fakenham Magna, Suffolk Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Great Fakenham, Fakenham

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1563

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Fakenham Magna

  • Honington
  • Sapiston
  • Rymer
  • Euston

Historical Descriptions of Fakenham Magna

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FAKENHAM (Great), a parish in the district of Thetford and county of Suffolk; on the river Brandon, 5¾ miles SSE of Thetford r. station. It has a post office, of the name of Fakenham, under Bury-St. Edmunds. Acres, 2,155. Real property, £1,712. Pop., 196. Houses, 39. The manor belongs to the Duke of Grafton. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £280. Patron, the Duke of Grafton. Bloomfield resided here, and describes the scenery in his "Farmer's Boy."

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Fakenham Magna (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Thetford, hundred of Blackbourn, W. division of Suffolk, 5 miles (S. S. E.) from Thetford ; containing 213 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £11. 10. 5., and in the gift of the Duke of Grafton: the tithes have been commuted for £276. 19. 9., and the glebe comprises 32 acres. Here are two small schools, one of which is supported by his Grace, and the other by the rector.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland Gorton 1833

Fakenham, Great, co. Suffolk.

P. T. Thetford (80) 5 m. SSE. Pop. 214.

A parish in the hundred of Blackbourn; living, a dis. rectory in the archdeaconry of Sudbury and diocese of Norwich; valued in K. B. 11l. 10s. 5d.; church ded. to St. Peter; patron (1829) the Duke of Grafton.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

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County: Suffolk
Civil Registration District: Thetford
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury
Diocese: Post-1836 - Ely, Pre-1837 - Norwich
Rural Deanery: Blackbourn
Poor Law Union: Thetford
Hundred: Blackbourn
Province: Canterbury