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Poringland All Saints
Poringland shown within Norfolk
|Area||6.32 km2 (2.44 sq mi)|
|– density||516/km2 (1,340/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
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. 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 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 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.
- XtraTime - After school club, Poringland
- Website with photos of Poringland All Saints, a round-tower church]
- Poringland Primary School
- Poringland Parish Council
- Poringland Playgroup
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