Cawston, Norfolk

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Church of St Agnes
Cawston is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area17.03 km2 (6.58 sq mi)
Population1,390 (2001 census[1])
1,640 (2011)[2]
• Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Civil parish
  • Cawston
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORWICH
Postcode districtNR10
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°46′01″N 1°10′01″E / 52.767°N 1.167°E / 52.767; 1.167Coordinates: 52°46′01″N 1°10′01″E / 52.767°N 1.167°E / 52.767; 1.167

Cawston is a village and civil parish in the Broadland district of Norfolk, England. The village is approximately 11 miles (18 km) north of Norwich on the B1145 road,[3] a route which runs between King's Lynn and Mundesley. Nearby towns are Reepham and Aylsham.

The parish includes two hamlets — Eastgate (located to the southeast of the village) and Southgate (located to the north of the village).


The villages name means 'Kalfr's farm/settlement'.


Cawston contains a village hall and play park. There is a post office within a Costcutter convenience store, a company producing food for Meals on Wheels, The Bell public house, a cafe with delicatessen, and a cemetery not attached to the parish church. Two business areas are on Chapel Street: Old Winery Business Park and Old Station Yard. Old Winery Business Park includes an English wine suppliers, a motorcycle service and spares company, and three companies for, variously, water tap making and drinking water filter systems. Old Station Yard includes a building services company. Cawston railway station closed in 1952; the line has been dismantled.

The village school is Cawston Church of England Primary Academy on Aylsham Road.

The Cawston Brass Band are based for practice at the St. Faiths Centre in the village of Horsham St Faith, 7 miles (11 km) south-east from Cawston.[4]

The parish forms part of the ward of Eynesford, which returns a councillor to Broadland District Council.[5]


Church of St Agnes[edit]

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At the centre of the village is the chiefly 15th-century parish church of St Agnes, a Grade I listed building. The exterior spandrels in the west door of the church contains images of the Wild Man and dragon, above which is a frieze with the Wingfield and De la Pole arms.[6]

The interior of the church contains a brick paviour floor which is listed in the SPAB top 20 floors in the UK, and is suspected[by whom?] to be original medieval flooring. The floor is in a poor state of repair, especially under the medieval backless pews.[7] The rood screen has its original doors and twenty paintings by Flemish artists of the 15th century.[8] A further screen depicts angels with instruments such as bells, percussion instruments and pipes.[9] There are three 15th-century misericords: one shows two women facing each other, another a portrait of a man, and the third, a stag's head surrounded by foliage.[citation needed]

Duel Stone[edit]

The Duel Stone

The Cawston monument to the 20 August 1698 duel between Sir Henry Hobart of Blickling Hall and Oliver Le Neve of Witchington Hall, Great Witchingham, stands in a small National Trust plot on Norwich Road. Le Neve, described as a great sportsman and a great drinker,[by whom?] fought left-handed and was wounded in the arm by Sir Henry who had a reputation as a swordsman. However, Le Neve struck back and injured his opponent so badly that he died next day at Blickling. As there appear to have been no seconds or witnesses, the duel was illegal. Le Neve fled to Holland but returned to England two years later, was tried and acquitted. This was the last duel fought in Norfolk.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

Matthew Fletcher, 3 months before his death from Leukaemia.

Matthew Fletcher was born 26 September 1990. He suffered from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, which killed him on 23 November 2006[10] at age 16. He lived all his life in Cawston.

First diagnosed in November 2005, Fletcher achieved significance for his constant struggle against the illness while studying at Reepham High School, Norfolk, United Kingdom. He is credited for doing much to raise awareness for Leukaemia sufferers, particularly through his work with the Anthony Nolan Trust.[11] His work and life earned him considerable attention in the local newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, often to the size of double-page-inside spreads. He recorded an audio diary for BBC Radio Norfolk. Extracts from this audio diary were played on the BBC Radio 4 programme "Pick of the Week" presented by Robin Lustig.

The week before his death Fletcher was given the "Community Student of the Year" award from Reepham High School and a recorded video message from him was played to the school.


  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. ^ "Civi Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, page 230 ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  4. ^ Horsham and Newton St Faiths Centre. Retrieved 2 April 2018
  5. ^ Broadland District Council Polling districts, wards and parishes (2019)
  6. ^ Historic England. "The Parish Church of St Agnes (1263465)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Within these ancient walls: discovering St Agnes Church, Cawston" Timms, S p220: Norwich, County Collegiate, 2013 ISBN 978-0-9550667-8-8
  8. ^ St Agnes Church, Cawston. Church: Cawston Parish Church. 2014. p. 9.
  9. ^ Rose, Adrian (2001). "Angel Musicians in the Medieval Stained Glass of Norfolk Churches". Early Music. 29 (2): 187–217. doi:10.1093/em/29.2.186. ISSN 0306-1078. JSTOR 3519147.
  10. ^ EDP24 – Tributes to courageous Norfolk teen Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 2008-12-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Eastern Daily Press, 17 November 2006

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