Scoulton

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Coordinates: 52°33′57″N 0°55′45″E / 52.5657°N 0.9291°E / 52.5657; 0.9291

Scoulton
Holy Trinity Church, Scoulton, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 934584.jpg
Holy Trinity Church, Scoulton
Scoulton is located in Norfolk
Scoulton
Scoulton
 Scoulton shown within Norfolk
Area  9.02 km2 (3.48 sq mi)
Population 246 (2011 Census)
    - Density  27 /km2 (70 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TF9800
District Breckland
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NR9
Postcode district NR
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
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Signpost in Scoulton

Scoulton is a small village and civil parish in the county of Norfolk, England, situated 16 miles (26 km) west of the city of Norwich and 21 miles (34 km) north-north-east of Thetford.

Scoulton lies on the main road between Norwich and the market town of Watton. Increasingly a dormitory for workers in Norwich's insurance and other service industries, it was traditionally agricultural, relying particularly on the production of sugar beet and on pig farming. It has a fine, partially thatched Saxon church.

The civil parish has an area of 9.02 km2 (3.48 sq mi)[1] and in 2011 had a population of 246[1] in 99 households.[2] The population is split between two main areas of settlement and a number of small, isolated farms. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.[3]

Scoulton is known for its artificial and heavily wooded lake or "mere", which was the product of extensive flint quarrying and a breeding ground of the great black-headed gull. Large numbers of eggs were harvested in the Middle Ages. The gull colony survived until at least the 1950s.[4] The harvested eggs formed the basis of a now obsolete dish known as Scoulton Pie. The collection of these eggs is depicted on the village sign.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Office for National Statistics, 2011. Population Density, 2011 (QS102EW) - Scoulton (Parish). Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics, 2011. Household Composition, 2011 (KS105EW) - Scoulton (Parish). Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council, 2001. Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
  4. ^ Richard Kearton (1898). "With nature and a camera". Cassell and Company, Limited. p. 272. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Julia Grover and Margaret Marham. "A to Z of Norfolk: Scoulton". BBC. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 

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