Great Snoring

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Coordinates: 52°52′25″N 0°53′29″E / 52.8736°N 0.8914°E / 52.8736; 0.8914

Great Snoring
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Great Snoring houses and war memorial
Great Snoring is located in Norfolk
Great Snoring
Great Snoring
 Great Snoring shown within Norfolk
Area  6.85 km2 (2.64 sq mi)
Population 168 
    - Density  25 /km2 (65 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TF946345
Civil parish Great Snoring
District North Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FAKENHAM
Postcode district NR21
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Great Snoring (archaic English: Snoring Magna) is a rural village in North Norfolk by the River Stiffkey, in the east of England.[1] Its population in the 2001 census was 168, a dramatic decrease since 1841 when it was 556 (this included 81 people in the Walsingham Union Workhouse).[2]

At the centre of the village is the 13th century St. Mary's Church and the Old Rectory.[1] There is a rather narrow main street with houses built of brick and flint.[3] Behind the church stands the Manor House which was built in about 1490, and is now a hotel, accommodating up to 16 guests.[4]

The nearest inn and shop are in the larger village of Little Snoring, which is about two miles (3 km) away.[3]


1086 - The Domesday Book calls the village by the Saxon name Snaringa/Snarringes, named after an inhabitant called Snear.[3] The book includes mention of a water mill, which now features on the village sign.[1]

1611 - Sir Ralph Shelton, lord of the manor, sold Great Snoring to Lord Chief Justice Richardson. Sir Ralph is reported to have said "I can sleep without Snoring".[3]

1854 - Francis White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk[5] describes the village as having:

  • 99 houses, with a total population of 656
  • John Dugmore, Esq as lord of the manor
  • the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary with a "fine tower" (formerly a spire), containing curious old brasses of the Skelton family
  • the rectory house, built by the Skelton family, described as a "fine specimen of ornamental brick work", valued at £24 and occupied by Rev. D.H. Lee Warner
  • Walsingham Union House, a workhouse with 164 staff and occupants.

1914-1918 - the Great Snoring war memorial lists 22 men who died in the First World War.[6]


Population of Great Snoring[7]
Year 1841 1854 1861 1871 1891 1911 1921 2001
Population 556 656 594 598 543 484 413 168

The 2001 Census[8] shows 168 people in 81 households (35 owner-occupied, 46 rented). 24 of these households were classified as "second residence / holiday accommodation".

The Walsingham Union workhouse[edit]

On 12 April 1836 Walsingham Poor Law Union was formed, and a new Walsingham Union workhouse was built at Great Snoring in the same year to accommodate up to 250 inmates. The architect was William Thorold, and he based it on Sampson Kempthorne's model cruciform plan published by the Poor Law Commissioners in 1835. Four accommodation wings were joined to a central supervisory area, allowing segregation of different categories of inmate. Areas between the wings were used as exercise space. Workshops and service buildings around the edge gave the overall site an octagonal shape. To the east of the site a chapel was built.[9]

After the closure of the workhouse, the buildings had various uses: as a smallpox hospital in the 1930s; by the Civil Defence in the 1950s; and most recently, plans to convert the building into 35 flats were approved in 1961. But no conversion was carried out and the buildings have now been demolished.[10]

Notable residents[edit]

  • John Pearson (1612–86) (English divine and scholar) was born in Great Snoring on 28 February 1612.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Great Snoring Norfolk, village information, holidays, cottages, bed and breakfast, pubs and businesses". Glaven Valley. Retrieved 2006-03-31. 
  2. ^ "William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845". GENUKI: Norfolk: Genealogy: Towns and Parishes: Snoring, Great: White's 1845. Retrieved 2006-03-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Great Snoring in Norfolk". Retrieved 2006-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Manor House (The), a B&B in Great Snoring, Norfolk.". information Britain. Retrieved 2006-03-31. [dead link]
  5. ^ White, Francis (1854). History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk. ISBN 0-7153-4742-X.  pages 714-15 viewed at [1] on 15 April 2006
  6. ^ Ernie Rusdale (2004). "Roll of Honour - Norfolk - Great Snoring". Retrieved 2006-04-15. 
  7. ^ Great Snoring and Little Snoring in Norfolk England
  8. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics - Area: Great Snoring CP (Parish)". National Statistics. 2001. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  9. ^ "Great Snoring and Little Snoring in Norfolk, England - Walsingham Union Workhouse". Great and Little Snoring. Retrieved 2006-04-16. 
  10. ^ Peter Higginbotham (2001). "Walsingham Poor Law Union and Workhouse". History of the Workhouse in Britain. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  11. ^ Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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