Gunthorpe, Norfolk

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Coordinates: 52°52′23″N 0°59′35″E / 52.873°N 0.993°E / 52.873; 0.993

Gunthorpe
Gunthorpe Village Sign.jpg
Gunthorpe Village sign
Gunthorpe is located in Norfolk
Gunthorpe
Gunthorpe
 Gunthorpe shown within Norfolk
Area  8.82 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Population 261 (2001 census[1])
    - Density  30 /km2 (78 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TG0134
    - London  122 miles (196 km) 
Civil parish Gunthorpe
District North Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FAKENHAM
Postcode district NR21
Dialling code 01328
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North Norfolk
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Gunthorpe is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[2] The village is 8.6 miles east north east of the town of Fakenham, 14.9 miles west south west of Cromer and 122 miles north north east of London. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport.

Location[edit]

The village of Gunthorpe is situated in a shallow valley on the eastern side of the A148 King’s Lynn to Cromer road. At the centre of the village is a green where there is a convergence of five roads. In the north west of the village there is a parish church which is dedicated to Saint Mary. Close by is the old village school which was built in 1869, but now closed.

History[edit]

Gunthorpe is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it is listed with the names of Gunatorp and Gunestorp.[3] The first tenant was Peter de Valognes

The parish church of Saint Mary[edit]

The church was built around 1417[citation needed] but has been substantially rebuilt by Frederick Preedy in the 1860s. The tower and transept are old, but much of the exterior has been refaced and the chancel is all the work of Preedy. Much of the interior dates from the same rebuild. At the churchyard gate stands the village war memorial.

Gunthorpe Hall[edit]

Gunthorpe Hall was built to the design of Sir John Soane, the architect who designed the Bank of England building in Threadneedle Street in 1778. The Hall is a large part Georgian, part Victorian Hall and by that time had forty rooms and a separate stable block and coach house. The hall is a listed building.

Notation[edit]

The Acute Stroke Unit in Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is named after this village.

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. ^ OS Explorer Map 24 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4.
  3. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,Norfolk page 190 ISBN 1-85833-440-3

External links[edit]

Media related to Gunthorpe, Norfolk at Wikimedia Commons