Foulden, Norfolk

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All Saints Church, Foulden
Foulden is located in Norfolk
 Foulden shown within Norfolk
Area  12.95 km2 (5.00 sq mi)
Population 444 
   – density  34/km2 (88/sq mi)
OS grid reference TL764988
Civil parish Foulden
District Breckland
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town THETFORD
Postcode district IP26
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Coordinates: 52°33′33″N 0°36′07″E / 52.55904°N 0.60201°E / 52.55904; 0.60201

Foulden /ˈfldən/ is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 12.95 km2 (5.00 sq mi) and had a population of 444 in 176 households at the 2001 census.[1] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Breckland.

"Foulden" derives from the words "fowl" and "den", meaning "hill frequented by birds". It was recorded as "Fugalduna" in the Domesday Book.[2]

The village lies on the edge of Thetford Forest. Birdlife is plentiful owing to the many trees in the area, large stretches of open water, and its location near the Fens. To the north of the village is Foulden Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Local industry is primarily agricultural, including dairy farming, sugar beet and other crops.

The Salvation Army Commissioner John Lawley was born in the village in 1859.

The village hall [3] was built in the 1970s by residents of Foulden. Today a wide range of events can be enjoyed at the hall or can be hired on a private basis.


  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, 4th edition, 1960
  3. ^

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