North Wootton, Norfolk
Signpost in North Wootton
North Wootton shown within Norfolk
|Area||32.33 km2 (12.48 sq mi)|
|- Density||74 /km2 (190 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||North Wootton, Norfolk|
|District||King's Lynn and West Norfolk|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||KING'S LYNN|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
North Wootton is a village near the town of King's Lynn in Norfolk, England, and remains a separate civil parish. It covers an area of 32.33 km2 (12.48 sq mi) and had a population of 2,387 in 935 households at the 2001 census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.
It is close to the Norfolk coast and is slightly smaller than the nearby South Wootton. North Wootton is near the village of Castle Rising and both were owned by the Howard family who are patrons of both parish churches. Former marshland, drained by the Dutch links the village to the coast. Predominantly a farming village, the village is now experiencing a period of growth owing to new developments, holiday retreats for Londoners being the most recent of these.
The old part is located around the small village green consisting of a few houses, an old schoolhouse and a former post office (now closed).
With the arrival of the railway, a station (now disused) was built in the west of the village towards the marsh. The railway linked King's Lynn with Hunstanton. The old station waiting room is still extant though now part of a private house. The signal box was used by the local scout group for many years, but has now been removed for future use on a heritage railway outside the local area. The station would have been familiar to the Royal family being only 2.8 miles (4.5 km) away across the River Babingley from Wolferton station which served the nearby Sandringham Estate.
The old Red Cat Hotel still stands and is run by the Irwin family. It is situated in the heart of North Wootton near the old railway. The Red Cat hotel is a traditional Norfolk Inn that is open to the public offering both drinks and pub meals. It is quite close to nearby attractions such as Castle Rising Castle, West Norfolk Rugby Club and minutes away from the Hanseatic riverside town market town of King’s Lynn.
West Norfolk Rugby Club is based here and was founded in 1925 around the time when there were only a small selection of clubs in Norfolk. The club itself was originally based in Swaffham but was later moved during the early 1930s to the Dukes Head In King’s Lynn until WW2. At the end of the war the club reformed and moved to the small village of North Wootton where it used the stables at the red cat hotel for changing facilities. West Norfolk Rugby Club has continued to prosper and develop and now has a thriving youth section.
There is only one school, North Wootton Primary School, Headteacher Mr J. Williams. All Saints Church, part of the Anglican Benefice of the Church in the Woottons is led by the Rector, the Revd. James Nash.
North Wootton Picnic in the Park
In the summer of 2012, North Wootton hosted the event “North Wootton Picnic in the Park” a free music festival that attracted over 4000 people. It was originally set up to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee; however, due to the popularity of the event it was considered that it should become an annual event. Local band Jimmy Rockit were the main headline of the show with other local and non-local bands also performing such as Robbie Williams tribute act Dan O'Dwyer, Jessie's Ghost, Genuine Fake, Martin's Folly and Springwood Big Band. The event also included a fairground, dog show, charity stalls, dance displays, gymnastic display and a laser quest game.
- Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
- "The Red Cat Hotel". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "West Norfolk Rugby Union". Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- "Church website". Churchinthewoottons.net. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
- "North Wootton Picnic". Retrieved 22 August 2012.
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