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St Mary, Beachamwell
Beachamwell is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area22.15 km2 (8.55 sq mi)
Population334 (2001 census[1])
339 (2011 Census)[2]
• Density15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Civil parish
  • Beachamwell
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE37
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°37′10″N 0°35′29″E / 52.619553°N 0.591489°E / 52.619553; 0.591489Coordinates: 52°37′10″N 0°35′29″E / 52.619553°N 0.591489°E / 52.619553; 0.591489

Beachamwell is a village and civil parish in the Breckland district of Norfolk, England. According to the 2011 census it had a population of 339, including Shingham. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) south west of Swaffham and 10 miles (16 km) east of Downham Market.

Church of St Mary[edit]

Beachamwell St. Mary is a Grade I listed building,[3] and one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. It is built from flint, mainly rendered with ashlar and with some brick dressings. It has both thatch and lead roofs. St Mary is the last surviving church of four that once served this area. The round tower looks like being built in the early 11th century. But new insights show that it is more probable that it was built in the 12th century by pre-Conquest workmen using their old fashioned style. This is due to the fact that the north and west sides have triangular heads made of Barnack stone set on their flint jambs. Barnack stone was not available until the 12th century.[4]

There is a pair of wall tablets in the chancel to John Motteux (died 1793) and John Motteux (died 1843) set beneath the crocketted ogee arches with carved head stops and fleurons.


  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, The Green (Grade I) (1077301)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Beachamwell St Mary's Round Tower Church • Norfolk".

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