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St Margaret, Clenchwarton
Clenchwarton is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area4.9 sq mi (13 km2)
Population2,171 (2011)[1]
• Density443/sq mi (171/km2)
OS grid referenceTF588201
• London88 miles (142 km) SW
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE34
Dialling code01553
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°45′19″N 0°21′15″E / 52.755238°N 0.354109°E / 52.755238; 0.354109Coordinates: 52°45′19″N 0°21′15″E / 52.755238°N 0.354109°E / 52.755238; 0.354109

Clenchwarton is a village, civil parish and electoral ward in the English county of Norfolk. It is located about 1+14 miles (2 km) west of the River Great Ouse, about 2+14 miles (4 km) from the town of King's Lynn on the east side of the river.[2][3] The village has a Junior school, Clenchwarton Primary School, which has obtained high Ofsted results. In the centre of the village is a playing field used by the local bowls and football clubs - which have teams for all age groups.[4] The village has two churches, the C of E Church of St Margaret and the Clenchwarton Methodist Church.[5]


The civil parish has an area of 4.9 square miles (3,100 acres; 13 km2) and in the 2001 census it had a population of 2,200 in 912 households; the population reduced to 2,171 at the 2011 Census. Clenchwarton's religious make-up is: 71.3% Christian, 20.1% No religion, 8.0% other, 0.4% Buddhist and 0.2% Hindu.[6] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.[7]


The villages name origin is unsure but possibly means 'hill-dweller's farm/settlement'.

The Church of St Margaret was constructed in the 14th to 15th centuries. It later had an extensive Victorian restoration, now it is a listed building of grade II*.[8] Also in the Victorian era, Clenchwarton railway station was constructed as part of the Lynn and Sutton Bridge Railway, which opened in November 1864 and closed in 1959. In 1870-72 John Marius said of the village in the Imperial Gazetteer "church is old but good. There are a N.Methodist chapel, and a national school" and that the population at the time was 599 with 133 households.[9]


  1. ^ "Ward/Parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  2. ^ OS Explorer Map 236 - King's Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 0-7558-2036-3
  3. ^ OS Explorer Map 249 - Spalding & Holbeach. ISBN 0-7558-2049-5
  4. ^ "Clenchwarton Parish Council".
  5. ^ "Clenchwarton Methodist Church". East Anglia Methodist Church.
  6. ^ "Clenchwarton Demographics (King's Lynn and West Norfolk, England)".
  7. ^ "Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes". Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
  8. ^ "St Margaret's Church, Clenchwarton". Norfolk Heritage Exploror. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Clenchwarton through time".

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