Stiffkey

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Stiffkey
Stiffkey Salt Marsh 9,04,2007 (4).JPG
Stiffkey Salt Marsh
Stiffkey is located in Norfolk
Stiffkey
Stiffkey
 Stiffkey shown within Norfolk
Area  14.55 km2 (5.62 sq mi)
Population 223 
   – density  15 /km2 (39 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TF 971 430
Civil parish Stiffkey
District North Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA
Postcode district NR23
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North Norfolk
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk

Coordinates: 52°56′53″N 0°55′56″E / 52.94817°N 0.93226°E / 52.94817; 0.93226

Stiffkey is a village and civil parish on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the A149 coast road, some 6 km (3.7 mi) east of Wells-next-the-Sea, 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Blakeney, and 40 km (25 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 14.55 km2 (5.62 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 223 in 105 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.[2]

The place-name 'Stiffkey' is first evidenced in the Domesday Book of 1086, and means 'stump island, island with stumps of trees'.

The River Stiffkey runs through the village, from which it takes its name, and used to power the Stiffkey watermill which was built before 1579. It was a small mill, running two pairs of stones, and it operated until 1881 when it was put up for auction as a warehouse. Little now remains of the mill: just a few low ruined walls showing the position of the building.[3]

The Norfolk Coast Path runs between the village and the sea.

Stiffkey is also famous for cockles Cerastoderma edule which still retain the old name of "Stewkey blues". These are stained blue by the mud in which they live.

Notable people[edit]

The village is remembered as the parish whose rector, Harold Davidson, faced charges of immorality and was defrocked in 1932. He was a popular priest in the area and the villagers asked his family to allow him to be buried in Stiffkey when he died, rather than in the family tomb in Sholing, where he was born.[citation needed] (He was killed, rather improbably, by a lion.) They have cared for his grave for many years.

The author Henry Williamson bought a farm in Stiffkey. The Story of a Norfolk Farm (1941) is his account of his first years of farming here.

On 11 May 1978, the author, soldier and politician Aubrey Buxton was created a life peer as Baron Buxton of Alsa, of Stiffkey in the County of Norfolk. He died there in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 251 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21887-2.
  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. ^ Jonathan Neville (2006). "Stiffkey Mill". Norfolk Mills. Retrieved 2006-04-15. 

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