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St Peter & St Paul, Carbrooke
Carbrooke is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area12.66 km2 (4.89 sq mi)
Population1,176 (2001 census[1])
2,073 (2011)[2]
• Density93/km2 (240/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF9494002230
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townThetford
Postcode districtIP25
Dialling code01953
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°34′59″N 0°52′33″E / 52.582919°N 0.875916°E / 52.582919; 0.875916Coordinates: 52°34′59″N 0°52′33″E / 52.582919°N 0.875916°E / 52.582919; 0.875916

Carbrooke is a village and civil parish in the Breckland district of Norfolk, England. It is 3 miles (4.8 km) from the centre of Watton and 17 miles (27 km) from Thetford. In the 2011 Census, Carbrooke had a population of 2,073 people in 835 households.[3]


Carbrooke's name is of Anglo-Saxon and Viking origin and derives from an amalgamation of the Old Norse word for an abundance of brambles and the Old English for a brook or stream.[4]

In the Domesday Book, Carbrooke is listed as a settlement of 62 households in the hundred of Wayland. The village was divided in ownership between Ralph de Tosny and John fitzRichard.[5]


Millenium Green is a playing ground of over 10 acres and is run in the interest of the village by a board of Trustees. The annual, Carbrooke Village Fete is held on the green.

The majority of local children attend St. Peter & St. Paul Church of England Primary School which was rated 'Good' by Ofsted in 2019.[6]

St. Peter & St. Paul's Church[edit]

Carbrooke's Parish Church is of Norman origin and is dedicated in honour of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The church was significantly remodelled in the Fourteenth and Nineteenth Century, with stained glass being installed by James Powell and Sons. The radical socialist minister, George B. Chambers was incumbent in the church from 1927 to 1955 who procured many pieces of art from John Moray-Smith for the church.[7]

Notable Residents[edit]

War Memorial[edit]

Carbrooke's War Memorial takes the form of a stone cross in St. Peter & St. Paul's Churchyard. It lists the following names of the fallen for the First World War:

  • Sergeant William R. Williamson (1886-1918), 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Lance-Sergeant Herbert Wyer (1883-1914), 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards
  • Lance-Sergeant Walter Leveridge (d.1915), 2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Lance-Corporal Bertie Leveridge (d.1917), 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Driver Walter H. Smith (d.1917), 209th (Field) Company, Royal Engineers
  • Private Sidney Green (d.1918), 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
  • Private Frederick W. Watson (1896-1916), 12th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment
  • Private William Ainger (1888-1919), 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
  • Private Frederick J. Williamson (1898-1918), 35th Company, Machine Gun Corps
  • Private Arthur D. Greaves (d.1917), 23rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
  • Private Gilbert W. Murrell (d.1916), 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Private Robert D. Murrell (d.1916), 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Private Ernest F. M. Back (d.1916), 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Private William G. Harrod (1898-1917), 3rd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Private Herbert Abbey (d.1918), 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Private Frederick J. Beets (1895-1916), 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Private Victor E. Johnson (1898-1915), 10th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Private Wilfred J. Bullen (1896-1918), Norfolk Yeomanry
  • Private Arthur C. Murrell (d.1918), 1st Battalion, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
  • Private Robert J. Tolman (d.1918), 2/6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
  • Private Sidney Sutton (d.1916), 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

And, the following for the Second World War:


  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 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ Official for National Statistics. (2011). Retrieved November 20, 2022.
  4. ^ University of Nottingham. (2022). Retrieved November 20, 2022.
  5. ^ Domesday Book. (1086). Retrieved November 20, 2022.
  6. ^ Ofsted. (2019). Retrieved November 20, 2022.
  7. ^ Knott, S. (2021). Retrieved November 20, 2022.
  8. ^ Riley, H. (2022). Retrieved November 20, 2022.

External links[edit]

Media related to Carbrooke at Wikimedia Commons