Coordinates: 52°46′50″N 1°00′38″E / 52.78055°N 1.01057°E / 52.78055; 1.01057
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Church of the Holy Innocents, Foulsham
Foulsham is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area12.56 km2 (4.85 sq mi)
Population1,021 2011 United Kingdom census
• Density81/km2 (210/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG0325
• London119 miles (192 km)
Civil parish
  • Foulsham CP
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDEREHAM
Postcode districtNR20
Dialling code01362
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°46′50″N 1°00′38″E / 52.78055°N 1.01057°E / 52.78055; 1.01057

Foulsham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is located 7.40 miles (11.91 km) north-east of Dereham and 16 miles (26 km) north-west of Norwich. Foulsham is renowned in the local area for its unspoilt nature and the number of Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century buildings.


Foulsham name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and derives from the Old English for Fugol's homestead or village.[1]

Foulsham has been the site of major Bronze Age discoveries including a golden torc ploughed-up in 1846[2] and a hoard of 141 copper-socketed axeheads, discovered in 1953 and now in the care of Norwich Castle Museum.[3]

In the Domesday Book, Foulsham is listed as a settlement of 103 households in the hundred of Eynesford. In 1086, the village was part of the East Anglian estates of King William I. The worth of Foulsham is recorded as two churches, a mill, twelve cattle, four hundred pigs, fifty goats and 13 sesters of honey.[4]

Old Hall Farm was built in the parish in the Sixteenth Century and was at one time the residence of Maj-Gen. Philip Skippon, a Parliamentarian commander at the Battle of Naseby.[5]

In the Seventeenth Century, Foulsham was a thriving market place until a store of gunpowder exploded on the 15 June 1770 which led to a fire that consumed the whole market place.[6]

RAF Foulsham opened in 1942 as an air-base for various squadrons of No. 3 Group and No. 100 Group RAF throughout the Second World War. On 28 July 1943, RAF Foulsham was the site of a forced landing by a B-17 Flying Fortress piloted by John C. Morgan after a strategic bombing raid of Hanover. For his actions, Morgan was awarded the Medal of Honor. The airbase was retired in 1945 and the Ministry of Defence eventually sold the land in the 1980s.


According to the 2011 Census, Foulsham has a population of 1,021 residents living in 444 households. Furthermore, the parish has a total area of 12.56 square kilometres (4.85 sq mi).[7]

Foulsham falls within the constituency of Broadland and is represented at Parliament by Jerome Mayhew MP of the Conservative Party. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Broadland.

Church of the Holy Innocents[edit]

The chancel of Foulsham's parish church dates largely from the Fourteenth Century with the rest of the church being constructed in the Fifteenth Century, the church was restored in the Nineteenth Century. The church roof has been recently restored and the font is likely a Nineteenth Century copy of a Sixteenth Century original.[8]


Foulsham still has a public house, known as the Queen's Head, which has operated on its current site since the mid-Nineteenth Century.[9]

The majority of local children attend Foulsham Primary School, which was rated as 'Good' by Ofsted in 2020.[10]

Puritan emigration[edit]

The village gave its name to a family of Puritan dissidents, who fled England for the town of Hingham, Massachusetts (and later Exeter, New Hampshire) and whose spelling of the name was slightly changed to Folsom.[11] Today, these American descendants of Foulsham have given rise to Folsom, California, Folsom Street in San Francisco, Folsom Prison (all named for California pioneer and New Hampshire native Joseph Libbey Folsom), as well as General Nathaniel Folsom, who represented New Hampshire in the Continental Congress.[12]


Foulsham railway station opened in 1882 as a stop on the Great Eastern Railway line between Aylsham South and County School. The station closed in 1964 as part of the Beeching cuts, with Foulsham's closest railway station today being Sheringham for Bittern Line services to Cromer and Norwich.

The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport.

Notable residents[edit]

War memorial[edit]

Foulsham's war memorial takes the form of a stone obelisk above an octagonal plinth, located in an island in Foulsham High Street. The memorial lists the following names for the First World War:

  • SSG Percy Arnold (d.1919), Royal Engineers
  • Pvt. Albert Budrey (d.1917), 2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment
  • Pvt. H. William Hipkin (1885–1917), 1st Bn., Royal Fusiliers
  • Pvt. Robin H. Stroulger (1884–1917), 11th Bn., Middlesex Regiment
  • Pvt. Donald E. Scarfe (1893–1915), 7th Bn., Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Pvt. Alfred W. Stroulger (1886–1917), 7th Bn., Royal Norfolk Regt.
  • Pvt. Charles Calver (1890–1917), 9th Bn., Royal Norfolk Regt.
  • Pvt. Charles Amiss (1889–1917), 7th Bn., York and Lancaster Regiment
  • Rfn. Edgar Hendry (1887–1917), 18th Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Alfred Barber
  • Albert Brown
  • Stanley Everitt
  • Bertrand Fowler
  • William Hendry
  • George Hill
  • Charles Jarvis
  • George Laing
  • Harry Massingham
  • Herbert Massingham
  • Samuel Mitchell
  • John Prior
  • Victor Russell
  • George Lane
  • George Seaman

And, the following for the Second World War:

  • Cpl. Frederick S. Girling (1912–1943), 5th Bn., Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Cpl E. Reginald Margetson (1916–1943), 5th Bn., Royal Norfolk Regt.
  • Pvt. Alan Blake (1925–1945), 13th (South Lancashire) Bn., Parachute Regiment
  • Ronald Allen
  • Arthur Cole
  • George Farrow
  • Gordon Fletcher
  • Arthur Frost
  • Victor George
  • Leonard Gray[13]


  1. ^ University of Nottingham. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  2. ^ Rose, E and Edwards, A. (1982). Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  3. ^ Watkins, P and Bradshaw, C. (2014; 2018). Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  4. ^ Domesday Book. (1086). Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  5. ^ Aldridge, P. (2006). Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  6. ^ Knott, S. (2022). Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  7. ^ Office for National Statistics. (2011). Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  8. ^ Knott, S. (2022). Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  9. ^ Norfolk Public Houses. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  10. ^ Ofsted. (2020). Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  11. ^ The Folsoms who eventually settled in Exeter, New Hampshire, continued to hold land near Foulsham in Norfolk for many years after settling in the English colony. Deacon John Folsom, who died in Exeter in 1681 deeded to his son Peter before his death (April 10, 1673) "forty or fifty acres of land in Hingham in ye county of Norfolk (England) near Norrald Comon and formerly held by ye name of Ffulsham at ye Boxbushes."[1]
  12. ^ A Genealogy of the Folsom Family 1615-1882, Jacob Chapman, Republican Press Association, Concord, N.H., 1882
  13. ^ Heroes of Our Time. Retrieved January 3, 2023.

External links[edit]

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