References & Further Reading

‘An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk’ Francis Blomefield (1807) {available through British History Online}

‘A History of Downham Market’ Downham Market & District Amenity Society (1999)

St Edmund’s Church website

‘Downham Market – A Potted History’ Royden J R Baker MBE

‘Downham Market: Its Church and History’ Revd John Dixon Wortley (1924)

Downham Market & District Heritage Society

Norfolk Family History Society

Norfolk Heritage Explorer

‘Strike Hard. A Bomber Airfield at War’ John B Hilling (1995) (Alan Sutton Publishing)

‘Around Downham Market’ by Mike Bullen (Published by Nonsuch Publishing 1998. The collection also published by Chalford in different format 1998)

‘Fordham, Hilgay & Ten Mile Bank, Little Ouse, Ryston & Roxham, Southery. A brief history for local and family historians’. Christopher Shaw. (Published in January 2009) and

'Downham Market & Around.... A brief history of Denver, Downham Market & Bexwell, Welney and West Dereham for local and family historians'. Christopher Shaw (Oct 2009) An excellent website containing much information and splendid photographs. There is a sister website for Suffolk churches

‘A Little History of Southery and its Churches’. Judith Legge (2008) A first class resource, especially for the many pubs no longer in existence Another superb website with masses of detail of interest to local historians

‘The Fenland Project, Number 4: Norfolk Survey, The Wissey Embayment & Fen Causeway.’ RJ Silvester (Norfolk Museums Service 1991)

Websites for neighbouring Parishes are worth visiting since there are many overlaps. For example: and

Mike Petty has a huge wealth of knowledge about the Fens

‘Branch Lines Around Wisbech’ by Andrew C Ingram. (Middleton Press 1997)

‘Ely to King’s Lynn’ by Richard Adderson & Graham Kenworthy. (Published by Middleton Press 2000 - Also covers the branch line to Stoke Ferry)

‘The Stoke Ferry Branch’ by P Paye published by the Oxford Publishing Co (1982)

‘The Wissington Railway’ by Roger Darsley (Published by the Industrial Railway Society 1984)

‘The Downham and Stoke Ferry Railway’ by Cyril Marsters & Pam Bullas. (West Dereham Heritage Group 2008)

‘The Drainage of the Fens’. Revd Dr Richard L Hills (Landmark Publishing)

Barritt family history site:

‘Tales from the Fens’ and ‘More Tales from the Fens’ W H Barrett

Martin Edwards’ index of war memorials:

The Welney Website

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Available online using a library card number (prefixed by ‘NOR’ for Norfolk readers)


Faden’s Map of Norfolk (First printed in 1797. The Larks Press)

Bryant’s Map of Norfolk (First printed in 1826. The Larks Press)

Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Sheet 228 ‘March & Ely’

‘An Historical Atlas of Norfolk’ Edited by Trevor Ashwin & Alan Davison (Phillimore)

For information on the aristocratic families mentioned in the text see

‘Portrait of a Village – Wimbotsham’ in the West Norfolk Living Histories series printed by Clanpress (1993)

‘Outwell in a Nutshell’ by William P Smith. Carrillson Publications (2002)

For information on the Well Creek see http://

‘Branch Line to Upwell, including the Wisbech Canal’ by Vic Mitchell, Keith Smith & Andrew Ingram published by Middleton Press

'A History of Downham Market' Elizabeth Howard. Wonderful!