Coordinates: 52°45′16″N 0°48′13″E / 52.75434°N 0.80361°E / 52.75434; 0.80361
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St Mary, Tittleshall
Tittleshall is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area13.82 km2 (5.34 sq mi)
Population406 (2011 census)
• Density29/km2 (75/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF 893 211
Civil parish
  • Tittleshall
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE32
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°45′16″N 0°48′13″E / 52.75434°N 0.80361°E / 52.75434; 0.80361

Tittleshall is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[1]


The village and parish of Tittleshall has an area of 1376 hectares or 13.82 km2 (5.34 sq mi). The parish is bordered to the north with the parishes of Raynham and Colkirk, to the west with Wellingham All Saints, to the south with the parishes of Litcham and Mileham and to the east with the parishes Whissonsett. The western edge of the parish also marks the border between the local government districts of Breckland, of which Tittleshall is part, and the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

The Village is situated approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) south-west of the town of Fakenham, 18 km (11 mi) north-east of the town of Swaffham, and 40 km (25 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich.


In the 2011 census had a population of 406 in 161 households.[2] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.[3]


The village name of Tittleshall is thought to derive from the Old English for Tyttel's nook.[4] The earliest evidence of human activity within the parish are a number of Neolithic pits and ditches as well as a prehistoric pit. At least three ring ditches have also been discovered, along with a double ring ditch containing cremation pits.

The Domesday Book[edit]

Tillleshall has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086 where its population, land ownership and productive resources were extensively detailed.[5] In the survey Tittleshall is recorded by the name of Titeshala. The main tenants were Wymer from William de Warenne, and Ralph Sturmy from Ralph Baynard. The survey also lists that for the Wymer tenancy, there had always been 7 smallholders on this land. Meadow 6 acres (24,000 m2), always 312 ploughs, woodland, 40 pigs and 1 fishery. Value then 20s, now 30. For Ralph Sturmy's tenancy there were 12 villagers, now 8. Then and later 4 smallholders, now 14. Then and later 6 slaves, now 2. Meadow 10 acres (40,000 m2), always 2 ploughs in lordship. Then and later 4 men's ploughs, now 2. Woodland, 100 pigs; always 1 mill. Then 6 head of cattle. Then 30 pigs, now 19. Then 100 sheep, now 80. Then 40 goats, now 73. 4 beehives. Also 1 Freeman, acres 6 acres (24,000 m2). Value then 70s, now the same. Also 1 church, acres 6 acres (24,000 m2), value 5d. The whole has 9 furlongs in length and 12 league in width, tax 5d.[6]

Tittleshall Murder[edit]

In 1853 the village was the scene of the murder of Lorenz Beha, a German watchmaker, by William Thomson.[7]

Notable buildings[edit]

Parish church of Saint Mary[edit]

The parish church of Saint Mary has a nave built in the perpendicular style which is illuminated with transomed windows. There is a canonical sundial on the south wall. The chancel and west tower are in the decorated style. The chancel has a large Decorated five-light window with reticulated tracery, and there is an elaborately moulded tower arch on the west tower. The church has a Kingpost roof.[citation needed]

The church was used over many years by members of the Coke family who had bought the Tittleshall manor following the reformation, as part of their expansion of the Holkham Estate. Saint Mary's was chosen as the final resting place for many of the Coke family during the post medieval period. There are a number of Coke family monuments at Saint Mary's dating from 1598 up unto the building of the family mausoleum at Holkham in the 1870s, including memorials to Edward Coke and to his first wife Bridget Paston.[8]

On the west wall of the nave there is an old Tittleshall School honours board which bears the names of eighteen children who passed scholarships to grammar school during the first sixty years of the twentieth century. Several of these names also appear on the war memorial.[citation needed]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 238 - East Dereham & Aylsham. ISBN 0-319-21869-4.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office of National Statistics. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
  4. ^ A Popular Guide to Norfolk Place-names: by James Rye: Published by Larks press, Dereham, Norfolk, 2000 ; ISBN 0-948400-15-3
  5. ^ The Domesday Book, England's Heritage, Then and Now, (Editor: Thomas Hinde), Norfolk, page 195, Tittleshall, ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  6. ^ Domesday Book, Norfolk, Part I and Part II,33, Morris, J. (General Editor), 1984. Published: Phillimore & Co. ISBN 0-85033-479-9
  7. ^ "Tittleshall: A Gruesome Case of Murder!". 28 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Launditch Hundred: Titleshale Pages 60-71 An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 10. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1809". British History Online.
  9. ^ "Lance Corporal Benjamin Whatley RM killed in Afghanistan". GOV.UK. Retrieved 25 December 2021.

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