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Village History

A History of the Franshams

Fransham is a relatively large parish of c.1200 hectares on the western edge of the boulder clay plateau that dominates central and south Norfolk, and it lies just below the upper limits of the River Wensum drainage system. The modern civil parish is an amalgamation of the former ecclesiastical parishes Great Fransham and Little Fransham, which were united in 1935. 

Fransham Archaeology

An edition of the East Anglian Archaeology monograph series is available. The title is Fransham: people and land in a Central Norfolk parish from the Palaeolithic to the eve of Parliamentary Enclosure and  is available for £30 from Oxbow Books

Links to useful websites etc

To find out more about village pubs, go to:

Fransham pubs - a little bit of history

To find out more about the railway, go to:

To find out more about Gt Fransham Mill, go to:

Tales of Olde Fransham

Murder most foul

Fransham Village Hall, which was originally Great Fransham School, was built around 1870. It lies adjacent to the church and I suspect that few would consider the building to be of great merit, architecturally or otherwise. It has however, a claim to fame - or notoriety - that may render it unique in the Diocese and perhaps in the whole of the county. 

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