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St Wandregesilius, Bixley
Bixley is located in Norfolk
Bixley shown within Norfolk
Area 5.42 km2 (2.09 sq mi)
Population 144 (2011)
• Density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG254059
Civil parish
  • Bixley
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR14
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°36′12″N 1°19′45″E / 52.60336°N 1.329174°E / 52.60336; 1.329174Coordinates: 52°36′12″N 1°19′45″E / 52.60336°N 1.329174°E / 52.60336; 1.329174

Bixley is a civil parish in the South Norfolk district of Norfolk, England. According to the 2001 census and 2011 census it contained 60 households and a population of 144.[1] It covers an area south of Norwich including the village of Arminghall.

The origin the name of Bixley has been studied in a paper by Keith Briggs; it means `clearing in bushy land'.[2] The name of Bixley near Ipswich has the same origin.

The parish church of St Wandregesilius dates from 1272. St Wandregesilius is a Latinised form of St Wandrille and it is the only church dedicated to this 7th century French abbot. In May 2004 it was set on fire by arsonists and gutted. The church had no electricity and used gas cylinders for heating which it is believed were used by vandals to start the fire.[3][4]

Sir Timothy Colman lives in Bixley Manor[5] in the grounds of which is the seven-storey stump of Bixley Tower Mill dating from 1838. At eleven storeys this was once the tallest windmill in Norfolk and possibly the tallest in Britain. It was reduced to its current height in 1872.[6]


  1. ^ Bixley parish information [South Norfolk Council] Archived 2012-08-05 at
  2. ^ Keith Briggs: Bixley, Journal of the English Place-name Society, volume 43 (2011), 43-54
  3. ^ Church Insurance UK Claims Archived June 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Bixley
  5. ^ BBC Online - Norfolk - News - Trowse 1
  6. ^ Norfolk Mills - Bixley towermill

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