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Coordinates: 52°45′18″N 0°53′17″E / 52.75501°N 0.88813°E / 52.75501; 0.88813
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The Village sign, Brisley, Norfolk
Brisley is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area4.90 km2 (1.89 sq mi)
Population281 (2011)
• Density57/km2 (150/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF950214
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDEREHAM
Postcode districtNR20
Dialling code01362
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
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52°45′18″N 0°53′17″E / 52.75501°N 0.88813°E / 52.75501; 0.88813

Brisley is a village in the English county of Norfolk located about halfway between Fakenham and East Dereham. It covers an area of 4.90 km2 (1.89 sq mi) and had a population of 276 in 117 households at the 2001 census[1] The Village is located along the B1145[2] a route which runs between King's Lynn and Mundesley.


Brisley's name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and derives from the Old English for a glade or clearing with a multitude of gadflies.[3]

Brisley is not mentioned in the Domesday Book.

In 1898, a Methodist Chapel was built in Brisley. Today it has been converted into a private dwelling.


The population at the 2011 Census was 281.[4] For the purposes of local government it falls within the Upper Wensum Ward of Breckland District Council and the Necton and Launditch Division of Norfolk County Council.

St. Bartholomew's Church[edit]

Brisley's Parish Church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew and is of Norman origin. The church was significantly rebuilt between 1370 and 1460 which was largely funded by East Anglia's burgeoning wool trade. St. Bartholomew's Crypt can be entered through the chancel and was used as a holding cell for prisoners on the way to Norwich.

Notable people[edit]

  • Richard Taverner – English theologian. He was reputedly born in 1505 at a house which is now The Bell (public house).


Brisley has a functioning cricket club who play home games on the village green. They have a men's and women's team as of 2022.[5]

War memorial[edit]

Brisley holds a memorial to the crew of a Bristol Blenheim that crashed in the village during the Second World War on 9 June 1942. The aircraft had taken off from nearby RAF West Raynham and was part of a No. 84 Squadron RAF night bombing raid on Germany. It lists the following names:

  • Pilot-Officer John G. Rappsloe (1921–1942), Pilot
  • Sergeant Michael Beaufort (1923–1942), Observer
  • Sergeant Leslie Harrowell (1920–1942)[6]


  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. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, page 230 ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  3. ^ University of Nottingham. (2022). Retrieved November 10, 2022. http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/map/place/Norfolk/Brisley
  4. ^ "Parish Population 2011". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. ^ Brisley CC. (2022). Retrieved November 10, 2022. https://brisley.play-cricket.com/Teams
  6. ^ Faux, G. (2009). Retrieved November 10, 2022. https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1330445