St John the Baptist, Morningthorpe
Morningthorpe shown within Norfolk
|Area||7.74 km2 (2.99 sq mi)|
|– density||33/km2 (85/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Morningthorpe is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated some 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of the city of Norwich. Besides the village of Morningthorpe itself, the parish also includes the village of Fritton. The two villages are 1 km apart.
The civil parish has an area of 7.74 square kilometres (2.99 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 253 in 94 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of South Norfolk.
Morningthorpe round tower
Morningthorpe has a round tower rather larger than that at neighbouring Long Stratton: the tower appears to bulge out about halfway up, which, according to the article in Round Tower magazine September 2004, may be evidence of an octagonal tower built inside a round one. The article has photographs of repair work done to the tower in 1988 - one shows a corner of an "octagon" inner tower core, not bonded to the outside, while another suggests a bonded, and rounded, core. There are narrow openings in the tower with monolithic heads in worn pale stone, the openings filled with old-looking wooden boards pierced with vertical rows of round holes. Taylor & Taylor, Anglo-Saxon Architecture seek to assign this tower to the later Saxon period (or earlier Norman).
Joseph Dickerson, the author, was born here in 1943.
- ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 237 - Norwich. ISBN 0-319-21868-6.
- ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
- ^ Morningthorpe parish information South Norfolk Council
- Map sources for Morningthorpe village
- Map sources for Fritton village
- Information from Genuki Norfolk on Morningthorpe.
- Information from Genuki Norfolk on Fritton.
- Website with photos of Morningthorpe St John the Baptist,
- and Fritton St Catherine, two round tower churches