Bergh Apton Village Hall
Bergh Apton shown within Norfolk
|Area||8.05 km2 (3.11 sq mi)|
|- Density||53 /km2 (140 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Bergh Apton|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Bergh Apton is a village and civil parish in the South Norfolk district of Norfolk, England, 7 miles (11 km) south-east of Norwich just south of the A146 between Yelverton and Thurton. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 428 in 186 households.
Originally, Bergh Apton was two separate villages; Apton to the north-west and Bergh to the south-east, each with its own church. Apton was served by the church of St. Martin which lay near the present day Church Farm on Dodgers Lane, its last recorded use being in 1555 and the remains being finally cleared in 1834. Bergh was served by the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul which stands on a low hill overlooking the River Chet which marks the southern boundary of the now combined parish. The church appears to have been reconstructed in the 14th century, with local flint with ashlar and brick details.
Although no longer possessing a school (closed 1981) the village does have a combined post office and shop and a village hall, opened on the day of Queen Elizabeth's coronation on 2 June 1953; a kitchen was added in 1985. The hall is regularly used by the Bowls club, Bergh Apton and District Society, Youth club and Baby and Toddler group.
Since 1997 the village has hosted (and become rather renowned for) a sculpture trail, held every three years (May and June 2008 the next dates), with works from some 30 plus artists both local to Norfolk and from across the UK, displayed in a number of gardens and public places. It has become a victim of its own success however, with visitor numbers reaching over ten thousand at the 2005 show, swamping the village.
Mystery Play Cycle 2014
During the 2011 Sculpture Trail, the village, with a little help from the Bishop of Norwich, performed “A Mighty Water”. This was a Mystery Play, based on the story of Noah, commissioned from internationally renowned story teller, Hugh Lupton. On 24th May, 1st June & 8th June, 2014, Bergh Apton will be joined by inhabitants of 11 neighbouring villages to perform a Cycle of four Mystery Plays, based on the Bible stories in the Legend of the Rood, also commissioned from Hugh Lupton. The plays will start with time for a picnic in the Garden of Eden and will take place in different locations in the countryside around the church - with the cast and audience meandering through leafy glades, led by wandering minstrels. Follow The Legend of the Rood on Facebook and see a clip of 2011 "A Mighty Water" on YouTube- see External links.
Media related to Bergh Apton at Wikimedia Commons
- Ordnance Survey Pathfinder (1:25000) map of Bergh Apton
- Bergh Apton website
- 2002/5 Sculpture Trail on Flickr
- https://www.facebook.com/berghaptonmysteryplays?ref=stream [Facebook]
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbM2Gj-PQUM [YouTube]
- Bergh Apton parish information [South Norfolk Council]
- The Book of Bergh Apton (2005) by Geoffrey I Kelly ISBN 1-84114-418-5
- Anglian Coaches Timetable Timetable