In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shouldham like this:
SHOULDHAM, a parish, with a village, in Downham district, Norfolk; 4½ miles E by S of Watlington r. station, and 6 NE of Downham-Market. It has a post-office under Downham, and cattle fairs on 19 Sept. and 11 Oct. Acres, 3,888. Real property, £4,804. Pop., 727. Houses, 160. The manor belongs to Sir T. Hare, Bart. S. Hall is the seat of the Rev. Dr. Allen; and Melrose, of R. T. Catton, Esq. A Gilbertine nunnery was founded here, in the time of Richard I., by the Earl of Essex. There are two mineral springs. The living is a vicarage, united with Shouldham-Thorpe, in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £120. Patron, Sir T. Hare, Bart. The church is in bad repair; and there are two Methodist chapels, a national school built in 1866, and charities £31.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Shouldham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Shouldham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shouldham in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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