Bridgham is a small Breckland village in the English county of Norfolk. It had a population of 328 in 130 households at the 2001 census, increasing to a population of 335 at the 2011 Census. The village covers an area of some 11km2 and parallels the river Thet to the south; it is situated some 7 miles from Thetford to the south west 2miles east of East Harling, which provide many of the services needed by this small community.
‘Bridgham’ meaning Homestead by the Bridge, is believed to be of Saxon origin, possibly dating back to the eighth century. Certainly The village of Bridgham, its priest and the church were all recorded in the Doomsday book of 1086.
The Parish Council is the forum for administrative issues affecting the village. It normally meets once a month, providing a communication channel with local government, commenting on planning applications, and administering the various assets owned by or held in trust for the village. Details of the Council’s business are posted on the noticeboard situated in the lay-by in the centre of the village. Details of the parish councillors can be found on the Councillors tab above.
If you have any local matters you wish aired, please do not hesitate to contact one of the above – they will be very willing to listen and give you any help they can. You have the right to attend any Parish Council meeting as an observer, and may be invited to join the discussion. Once a year – usually in May – the village Annual General Meeting is held, where the business of the previous year is summarized and the plans for the following year are discussed. All electors within the village have the right to attend this meeting and vote.
The church, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin comes under the authority of the Diocese of Norwich. Like many other rural churches today, Bridgham has to share a cleric with other parishes. The original church was undoubtedly wooden. Most of the present building dates from the fourteenth century but the door to the south is believed to be thirteenth century, while the northern porch is fifteenth century. It would appear that the tower collapsed sometime during the seventeenth or eighteenth century and a wooden replacement was constructed to house the one surviving bell. Services are held on alternate Sundays except for Holy Days and special occasions; Full details of Services held at the church are given in “CONTACT”, delivered monthly. Details are also maintained on the noticeboard at the Church gate or click on the link below.
The David O’Neale Memorial Hall
The Village Hall located in the old Methodist Chapel, is run by a management committee whose members are very active in raising money to support, develop and furnish the building. The hall was renamed in memory and recognition of David O’Neale OBE, a much missed and respected Bridgham resident whose fund raising and public spirited participation in all village activities was an inspiration to us all..
The Hall is used for a variety of functions, from Parish Council meetings to private parties
The village playing field offers the children of the village an area where they can play away from the dangers of road traffic. Bridgham United Football Club uses the main part of the playing field and has an impressive history as far as village football teams are concerned because it has an unbroken history going back to the early part of the 20th century.