In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Lakenham like this:
LAKENHAM, a parish in Norwich district, and within Norwich borough, Norfolk; on the river Yare and on two lines of the Great Eastern railway, 1¾ mile S by E of the centre of Norwich. Post-town, Norwich. Real property, £15,745. Pop. in 1851,4,776; in 1861,4,866. Houses, 1,154. The parish is cut ecclesiastically into two sections, Old Lakenham and Lakenham-St. Mark; and the latter was made ecclesiastically parochial in 1845. Pop. of L.-St. M. in 1861,3,808. Houses, 913. The property of Old L. is much subdivided; but that of L.-St. M. is not much divided. The living of Old L. is a vicarage annexed to the vicarage of Trowse; and that of L.-St. M. is a p. curacy, in the diocese of Norwich. Value of L.-St. M., £150.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Norwich. The churches of both sections are good. See Norwich.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lakenham, in Norwich and Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 01st November 2014
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