Pidgeons have inhabited Norfolk for at least 500 years. On his accession to the throne of England in April 1509, King Henry VIII granted a general pardon to the inmates of all the gaols. However, certain individuals were excepted from this pardon, in particular those guilty of political crimes. One such was "Pygeon of Yarmouth" and he was subsequently hanged on what is now Yarmouth racecourse.
There was a family in the early 16th century at East Beckham:
16th Century Norfolk
Two Pidgeons, probably brothers according to DNA evidence from their descendants, were married at Potter Heigham in 1696 and 1697. They and many generations of their descendants lived at Great Yarmouth.
Three branches have been separated from the main tree:
William Pidgeon and Susanna Rope (or Roope) were married in 1781 at St Mary's of Long Stratton, about 10 miles south of Norwich.
Many of their descendents continue to live in Norfolk, but some have travelled to the USA and Australia.