Saint Mary parish church, Baconsthorpe, Norfolk
|Baconsthorpe shown within Norfolk|
|Area||5.53 km2 (2.14 sq mi)|
|Population||215 (parish, 2011 census)|
|• Density||39/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||130 miles (210 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Population and governance
The civil parish has an area of 5.53 km² and in the 2001 census had a population of 232 in 105 households, the population reducing to 215 at the Census 2011. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.
The ruins of the 15th-century Baconsthorpe Castle lie about one mile (1.6 km) to the north of the village.
The medieval Anglican church of St Mary was restored in 1868 and 1958. It contains interesting monuments from the 15th–18th centuries and some 16th-century glass saved from the castle.
There is a tourist campsite with full amenities at Pitt Farm on The Street, near the west end of the village. Some bed-and-breakfast accommodation and holiday lets are also available. Other facilities and services can be found in the nearby town of Holt.
In order of birth:
- John Baconthorpe or Bacon (c. 1290–1347), Carmelite monk and scholastic philosopher, born at Baconsthorpe
- John Heydon or Baxter (died 1479) rose from the yeomanry to become prominent as a lawyer.
- Sir Henry Heydon (died 1504), lawyer, courtier and landowner, died at Baconsthorpe.
- Sir Christopher Heydon (1561–1623), soldier, astrologer, and a county member of Parliament for Norfolk, ran his Norfolk estates from Baconsthorpe Castle.
- Robert Brightiffe (c. 1666–1749), a barrister and a member of Parliament for Norwich and recorder there, was born at his father's house in Baconsthorpe.
- Ordnance Survey (2002). "Norfolk Coast East". OS Explorer Map. 252. ISBN 0-319-21888-0.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes". Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council. 2001. Archived from the original (XLS) on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2005-12-02.
- Stuff, Good. "Church of St Mary, Baconsthorpe, Norfolk". Britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
- Retrieved 25 December 2017.
- John Venn, "Brightiffe, Robert", in Alumni Cantabrigienses (Part I, from earliest times to 1751, vol. i Abbas–Cutts; Cambridge University Press, 1922)
- Media related to Baconsthorpe at Wikimedia Commons
- Information from Genuki Norfolk on Baconsthorpe
- Baconsthorpe in the Domesday Book
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