Reedham, Norfolk

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Reedham Swing Bridge
Reedham is located in Norfolk
 Reedham shown within Norfolk
Area  12.45 km2 (4.81 sq mi)
Population 925 
   – density  74/km2 (190/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG420018
Civil parish Reedham
District Broadland
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR13
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Coordinates: 52°33′37″N 1°34′08″E / 52.56018°N 1.56889°E / 52.56018; 1.56889

Reedham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk and within The Broads. It is situated on the north bank of the River Yare, some 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of the city of Norwich, 12 km (7.5 mi) south-west of the town of Great Yarmouth and the same distance north-west of the Suffolk town of Lowestoft.[1]

Prior to the draining of the marshes towards Great Yarmouth Reedham was a coastal village which included a Roman lighthouse. Fragments of Roman brick and stone can be found in the local church.

King Edmund of East Anglia is said to have lived here. The Fastolf family, whose most celebrated member was Sir John Fastolf, are recorded here from the thirteenth century.

The civil parish includes a significant area of nearby marshland, together with the famously isolated settlement of Berney Arms. It has an area of 12.45 km2 (4.81 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 925 in 406 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Broadland.[2]

Polkey's Mill

Reedham Ferry, a chain ferry just outside the village, is the only road crossing point on the River Yare between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The railway line between Norwich and Lowestoft crosses the river on Reedham Swing Bridge. Reedham railway station, which serves the village, gives connections to Norwich, Lowestoft, and Great Yarmouth (via Berney Arms).

Polkey's Mill is a derelict grade II* listed windpump dating from the 19th century. [3]

HMS Reedham was a Ham class minesweeper.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
  3. ^ "Name: POLKEYS MILL 75 METRES NORTH EAST OF SEVEN MILE HOUSE List entry Number: 1051425". English Heritage. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

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