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History of Hougham

Hougham comes from the Old English ‘hām’ meaning a ‘village, an estate, homestead’ combined with a warlord’s name; therefore, ‘Huhha’s homestead/village’. The Domesday Book records Hougham as Hicham and Huham.


Hougham parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Lawrence. The Normans built it in the 12th century, with the north aisle added in the following 100 years. In 1800, Edward Hasted described St Lawrence’s church as an ‘ancient building, but small, consisting of two small isles and a chancel, having neither tower nor steeple, but it has a place for three small bells’. In 1866, J Messenger carried out restoration work.