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Poringland All Saints
Poringland is located in Norfolk
 Poringland shown within Norfolk
Area  6.32 km2 (2.44 sq mi)
Population 3,261 
   – density  516/km2 (1,340/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG271016
Civil parish Poringland
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

Coordinates: 52°33′56″N 1°21′01″E / 52.56552°N 1.35031°E / 52.56552; 1.35031

Poringland is a village in the district of South Norfolk, England. It covers an area of 6.32 km2 (2.44 sq mi) and had a population of 3,261 living in 1,403 households at the 2001 census.[1]

It was also known as East Poringland and Great Poringland, and was part of the ancient district of Henstead. The place-name 'Poringland' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as 'Porringhelanda', the meaning of which is uncertain. Some believe the name derives from 'Poor spring land', because it has poor soil. It lies 5 miles south of Norwich city centre and a further 6 miles away from Bungay. The population of Poringland has rapidly grown in the past 50 years.[2] This village contains many public services. These include 2 pubs (both run by Poringland local Greg Lochhead), a supermarket, estate agents, takeaways, a restaurant and various shops.

The church of Poringland All Saints is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk.

The village sign, which stands close to the church and the village pond, depicts the artist John Crome, founder of the Norwich School of artists, working on his famous painting 'The Poringland Oak'. Cromes Oak Close in the village is named after the artist. Many of Crome's paintings are available to view at the Norwich Castle Museum. The original of the Poringland Oak hangs in Room 7 at Tate Britain.

The village of Framingham Earl which borders Poringland, contains the local High School. The River Chet (Norfolk) rises in Poringland.

The German writer W.G. Sebald lived in Poringland until his death in a car crash in 2001. A former Norwich City and Scotland international footballer Robert Fleck also lived in Poringland. Ronan Parke, runner-up of Britain's Got Talent in 2011, also resides in the village. As does former Norwich City and Everton manager, Mike Walker.


  1. ^ "Poringland parish information". South Norfolk Council. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "The housing challenge". BBC. 2002-11-20. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 

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Media related to Poringland at Wikimedia Commons