Cantley, Norfolk

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Cantley sugar beet factory
Cantley is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area12.9 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
Population733 (2011)
• Density57/km2 (150/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG381036
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORWICH
Postcode districtNR13
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°34′41″N 1°30′46″E / 52.57805°N 1.51277°E / 52.57805; 1.51277Coordinates: 52°34′41″N 1°30′46″E / 52.57805°N 1.51277°E / 52.57805; 1.51277

Cantley is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Cantley, Limpenhoe and Southwood, in the English county of Norfolk. Cantley is within the Broads Special Protection Area. The village lies on the north bank of the River Yare, some 17 km east of the city of Norwich, 15 km south-west of the town of Great Yarmouth and the same distance north-west of the Suffolk town of Lowestoft.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 12.9 km2 and in the 2001 census had a population of 677 in 279 households, increasing to 733 at the 2011 Census.[2] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Broadland.[3] On the 1 April 1935 the parish absorbed the parishes of Limpenhoe and Southwood.[4]

Cantley School[edit]

Cantley Primary School educates children aged 4 to 11.

Sugar production[edit]

Cantley is well known for its sugar beet factory, which was the second sugar beet processing factory in the UK (after Lavenham, Suffolk), but the first to be successful, constructed in 1912.[5] It is now owned by British Sugar. It is one of only four factories responsible for processing all of the UK's sugar beet crop. In 2008-09 the factory featured in the local press regarding a planning application to expand the site to allow it to produce cane sugar from raw materials sourced from developing countries. The factory also supports the local community with many projects, most recently providing part funding for the reconstruction of the village staithe and moorings on the river Yare.


The village is served by Cantley railway station on the Norwich-Lowestoft line.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 – The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
  4. ^ "Relationships and changes Cantley CP/AP through time". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  5. ^ The year the sugar industry arrived in Norfolk Archived 27 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Eastern Daily Press, 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2014-02-21.

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