Information about the residents of Wreningham has accumulated over the centuries. Census data was collected from 1841 and (mostly) at 10 yearly intervals, since. Details have now been published for the period up to 1921.
Information about a few individuals survives from even earlier times. Examples are provided in the set of volumes “An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk” which were published over 200 years ago. They set out the history of Norfolk from the period directly following the Norman Conquest and onwards.
The Norfolk Record Office maintains a potpourri of documentation from throughout the ages.
Wreningham Church’s Baptism, Marriages and Burials data is available – albeit, with gaps, stretching back to the mid-1600s.
Not to be forgotten, County Directories were published covering villages towns and at intervals throughout the 1800s and for much of the 1900s. Most of the earlier ones can be found are online. They all provided descriptions of Wreningham, its principle citizens and their roles within the community.
Much of the material contained in this website is based on information contained in old documents stored in Wreningham drawers and cupboards! Basil Day, writing his book, must have consulted many of those same records (as well as many others!) during his own investigations. Whilst Basil’s book extended “outwards” from the burials in the churchyard, this website’s focus is about some of those same people. In our case, we aim to see them within their community as well as how they lived and worked.
Time and space restricts how many individuals can be included in these pages. We are commencing with some of those who have played notable roles in our village story. This section will be expanded as the opportunities permit.