West Beckham

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West Beckham
West Beckham Village Sign.JPG
The Village sign
West Beckham is located in Norfolk
West Beckham
West Beckham
 West Beckham shown within Norfolk
Area  3.11 km2 (1.20 sq mi)
Population 222 (2001 census)
   – density  71 /km2 (180 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TG130390
   – London  131 miles (211 km) 
Civil parish West Beckham
District North Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHERINGHAM
Postcode district NR25
Dialling code 01263
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°55′N 1°10′E / 52.91°N 1.17°E / 52.91; 1.17

West Beckham is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk[1] The village is 6.1 miles (9.8 km) west south west of Cromer, 25.3 miles (40.7 km) north north west of Norwich and 131 miles (211 km) north north east of London. The village lies 4.1 miles (6.6 km) east of the town of Holt. The village is 2.4 miles (3.9 km) inland from the North Norfolk Coast to the north. The village is 0.8 miles to the south of the A148 King’s Lynn to Cromer road. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport.

History[edit]

West Beckham has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085.[2] In the great book West Beckham is recorded by the name ‘’Becham’’. The main Tennant being Walter Giffard.

The Parish Church of St Helen and all saint’s[edit]

The Parish Church of St Helen and All Saint’s was built during the second half of the 19th century to replace a medieval church.[3] The church’s construction is unusual in that it is not only shingled on the outside, it is shingled on the inside as well. The shingle of the interior walls are banded with red brick in the Puginesque style. On the upper banding of brickwork there is fading evangelical text. Much of the building material was re-cycled from to early churches that stood in the village. At the western end of the church there is a clear rose window. Below the window can be found the font reminiscent of a wedding cake.

Village amenities[edit]

The one village pub is called The Wheatsheaf and was formerly the 'Old Manor Farmhouse', a building with lots of history, which was converted into the pub in 1983. The pub serves a wide range of food and real ale. It also has monthly quizzes and occasional karaoke nights, in aid of charity. In the summer months entertainment is often in the garden.

Bodham and Beckham Village Hall[edit]

Bodham and Beckham Village Hall is a modern hall, less than 20 years old, and is fully heated. It is regularly used by Bodham Bingo Club, yoga classes, church events and Bodham and Beckham Youth Club. Regular quiz night fundraisers are held during the winter months.

References[edit]

  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 252 - Norfolk Coast East. ISBN 978-0-319-23815-8.
  2. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,Norfolk page 196 ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  3. ^ Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, By Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson, West Beckham entry. ISBN 0-300-09607-0

External links[edit]

Media related to West Beckham at Wikimedia Commons