Resources

Genuki: Beechamwell
Genuki is a good place to start for any local of family history research with a compendium of links to key resources.

Norfolk Heritage Explorer
The definitive database of the county’s archaeological sites and historic buildings. The records of finds for Beachamwell confirm that it has been an important area of settlement since at least the Neolithic period.

Norfolk Record Office
The Norfolk Record Office (NRO) collects and preserves unique archives relating to the history of Norfolk and makes them accessible to people in Norfolk and across the world. The NRO online catalogue is available here

Norfolk Heritage Centre
The Norfolk Heritage Centre is situated on the second floor of the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library and brings together a large local studies collection of more than half a million printed volumes, maps, newspapers and photographs with free online resources and access to the most popular Norfolk Record Office archives.

E-map Explorer
This interactive map allows you to view historical maps alongside historical aerial survey data and modern day Ordnance Survey maps. Overlay maps can be used to pinpoint changes in the geographic landscape of the County.

Ordnance Survey Maps: 6″ to 1 mile
This site (from the National Library of Scotland) provides large scale OS maps for England and Wales from the 1880s onwards. The facility to overlay maps on modern Google and OS maps is particularly useful.

Faden’s Map of Norfolk
The first large-scale map (at one inch to the mile) of the whole county and shows the landscape just prior to Parliamentary Enclosure of the early 19th century. Surveyed between 1790 and 1794 and published in 1797. This digital redrawing is as wonderful resource.

Ordnance Survey: original drawings
British Library archive of scans of the original drawings for the Ordnance Survey, c1800. Not particularly user friendly website, and Beachamwell falls across two map sheets. Type ‘Norfolk’ in the Search within the collection search box, and then choose the maps for ‘Feltwell St Nicholas’ and ‘Lynn Regis’

Centre of East Anglian Studies
The Centre was established at UEA in 1967 to develop and encourage the study of all aspects of the archaeology and history of Norfolk, Suffolk and the adjacent areas of Lincolnshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire from prehistoric times to the present.

Norfolk Family History Society
The Society’s collection of genealogical resources encompass parish register transcripts, monumental inscriptions, census returns, wills, family trees, pedigrees, photographs and a wide range of published work to help you trace your family’s Norfolk origins.

Norfolk Churches
Simon Knott’s indispensable online guide

Round Tower Churches Society
There are around (sic) 180 round towers in England – 120 of them are in Norfolk (and 42 in Suffolk).

Listed Buildings in Beachamwell from the British Listed Buildings website

Open Domesday
Online copy of the Domesday Book

Local History Online
“Our aim is to help meet the needs of anyone with an interest in local history.”