West Somerton St Mary
Somerton shown within Norfolk
|Area||8.25 km2 (3.19 sq mi)|
|– density||31 /km2 (80 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Somerton, Norfolk|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||GREAT YARMOUTH|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Somerton is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It comprises the twin villages of East Somerton and West Somerton and is situated some 14 km (8.7 mi) north of the town of Great Yarmouth, 35 km (22 mi) north-east of the city of Norwich, and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the sea.
The civil parish has an area of 8.25 km2 (3.19 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 257 in 93 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Great Yarmouth.
In the churchyard is the grave of Robert Hales, the Norfolk Giant. He was born in the village in 1820 and one of nine children. Eventually reaching 7 feet 8 inches (2.34 m) and over 32 stone (450 lb; 200 kg), he worked in the circus world, met Queen Victoria and retired to a pub in London. As his health worsened he returned to Norfolk, where he died in 1863.
- Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
- Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
- "Robert Hales". Retrieved 23 June 2009.
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