Kirby Bedon

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Kirby Bedon
The ruin of St Mary's church - geograph.org.uk - 1284068.jpg
Ruin of St Mary's church, Kirby Bedon
Kirby Bedon is located in Norfolk
Kirby Bedon
Kirby Bedon
 Kirby Bedon shown within Norfolk
Area  77 km2 (30 sq mi)
Population 186 
   – density  2 /km2 (5.2 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TG28240560
Civil parish Kirby Bedon
District South Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR14
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk

Coordinates: 52°36′10″N 1°22′01″E / 52.602839°N 1.36694°E / 52.602839; 1.36694

The church of St Andrew in Kirby Bedon
The church hall in Kirby Bedon

Kirby Bedon is a small village in South Norfolk which lies approximately 3½ miles (5½ km) south-east of Norwich on the road to Bramerton. It covers an area of 7.82 km2 (3.02 sq mi) and had a population of 186 in 77 households at the 2001 census.[1]

It has two churches, the ruined round-towered St Mary's Church and, standing opposite, St Andrew's church, which is still in use. St Andrew's contains a plaque erected by parishioners in memory of four crew members of "Broad and High", an American B-24 Liberator bomber who were killed when it crashed near the church on 18 August 1944 as it returned to Rackheath from a raid on Germany.[2]

For one hundred years Kirby Bedon had a village school, which opened on 24 June 1878 and closed for the last time on 26 July 1978, a victim of the drive to close small village schools.

The village no longer has a pub; the Stracey Arms on the main road from Norwich to Bramerton closed in 1967.[3] It is now a Caravan Club certified location.[4]

Kirby Bedon Church Hall is the home venue for Kirby Bedon Short Mat Bowls Club, a very successful side which have won the Norfolk Summer League on many occasions as well as many other cups and titles.

Kirby Bedon is linked to Norwich by bus route 85 operated by Anglian Coaches providing six services a day into Norwich and to the neighbouring villages of Bramerton, Surlingham and Rockland St Mary.[5]

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