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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]


Clenchwarton's name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and derives from the Old English for a hill dweller's farmstead or settlement.[4]

In the Domesday Book, Clenchwarton is recorded as an abandoned village with no recorded population in the hundred of Freebridge. The village was part of the estates of William d'Ecounis.[5] The abandonment of the village was likely the result of the Norman reprisals in retaliation for the Ely Rebellion of 1070, led by Hereward the Wake.

The village was also surveyed by the Victorian traveller, John Marius, in the 1870s. He wrote the following about the village in the Imperial Gazetteer: "church is old but good. There are a N.Methodist chapel, and a national school."


In the 2011 Census, Clenchwarton was recorded as having a population of 2,171 residents living in 963 households.[6]

Clenchwarton falls within the constituency of North West Norfolk and is represented at Parliament by James Wild MP of the Conservative Party.

St. Margaret's Church[edit]

Clenchwarton's parish church is of Norman origin and is dedicated to Saint Margaret of Scotland. The church was significantly remodelled in the Fourteenth, Fifteenth and Nineteenth Centuries and is Grade II listed. One of the main features of the church is a stained glass window installed by Hardman & Co. in the 1920s depicting Mary Elizabeth Townsend.[7]

Clenchwarton is also home to a Methodist Church which still hosts regular services.[8]


Most local children attend the local Clenwarton Primary School which is part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust. The school was rated 'Good' by Ofsted in 2017.[9]

The village is home to Clenchwarton Football Club which hosts several youth and adult teams. The first XI compete in the North-West Norfolk Saturday League.[10] The village is also home to a lawn bowls team.


Clenchwarton Railway Station opened in 1866 as part of the Lynn and Sutton Bridge Railway and was eventually closed in 1959.

War Memorial[edit]

Clenchwarton's has two war memorials located inside St. Margaret's Church and on the nearby 'Peace Cottages.' It lists the following names for the First World War:

And, the following for the Second World War:

  • Leading-Aircraftman Ernest G. Usher (d.1946), Royal Air Force
  • Pilot-Sergeant Russell E. Fuller (1923-1943), No. 77 Squadron RAF
  • Gunner Ernest F. W. Wake (1920-1942), 2nd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery
  • Private Arthur G. Gompertz (1903-1940), Royal Army Service Corps
  • Private Cecil V. Hare (d.1942), 30th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment

And, the following for the Cyprus Emergency:

  • Private Clifford J. Gosling (1936-1956), 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment


  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. ^ University of Nottingham. (2022). Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  5. ^ Domesday Book. (1086). Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  6. ^ Office for National Services. (2011). Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Knott, S. (2017). Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  8. ^ Methodist Church of Britain. (2022). Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  9. ^ Ofsted. (2017). Retrieved December 11, 2022.
  10. ^ The FA. (2022). Retrieved December 11, 2022.

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