Griston

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Coordinates: 52°33′29″N 0°51′59″E / 52.558°N 0.8665°E / 52.558; 0.8665

Griston
Griston - village sign - geograph.org.uk - 701999.jpg
Griston village sign
Griston is located in Norfolk
Griston
Griston
 Griston shown within Norfolk
Area  5.62 km2 (2.17 sq mi)
Population 1,206 
    - Density  215 /km2 (560 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TL944994
Civil parish Griston
District Breckland
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town THETFORD
Postcode district IP25
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk

Griston is a village and civil parish in the Wayland area of the Breckland district within the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 5.62 km2 (2.17 sq mi) and had a population of 1,206 in 206 households at the 2001 census.[1] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Breckland.

It has a church in the name of St. Peter and St. Paul, a pub 'The Waggon And Horses', an elderly home 'Thorp House', a day care centre for the elderly, it hosts part of the RAF Watton wartime airfield (now belonging to the USAAF), and the category C Wayland (HM Prison). It lies between the town Watton, Norfolk, where the nearest high school is Wayland Academy and a fellow Wayland village of Caston, where the nearest primary school is Caston CE VA Primary School.

History of Griston[edit]

The village can be traced way back to the Domesday Book.

The local Griston Hall near Wayland Wood is in folklore the abode of the wicked uncle who ordered the death of his wards, the Babes in the Wood, so that he could inherit their property.[2] The village sign reflects the story.

The village used to be made up of houses built for prison officers that worked at the prison.

Watton and Griston Link[edit]

As part of the Sustrans Connect2 project proposals are in place to create a cycling and walking route between Griston and the market town of Watton. The new route would follow the boundary of the Watton airfield and provide a shorter, traffic free alternative to the A1075.[3] Norfolk County Council have allocated a £40,000 contribution towards funding of the scheme.[4] A schematic map of the scheme has been published online.[5]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Norfolk Folk Tales - Legends said to have originated in Norfolk". Visit Breckland. Breckland District Council. Archived from the original on 4 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Watton and Griston Link". Sustrans. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  4. ^ "Planning Obligations Monitoring Statement". Norfolk County Council. February 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Watton and Griston Link Schematic Map". Sustrans. Retrieved 2009-07-07.