Cockley Cley

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Cockley Cley
Cockley Cley-g5.jpg
Cockley Cley All Saints, minus tower
Cockley Cley is located in Norfolk
Cockley Cley
Cockley Cley
Location within Norfolk
Area17.94 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
Population232 (2011) [1]
• Density13/km2 (34/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF792042
Civil parish
  • Cockley Cley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPE37
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°36′24″N 0°38′44″E / 52.60673°N 0.64554°E / 52.60673; 0.64554Coordinates: 52°36′24″N 0°38′44″E / 52.60673°N 0.64554°E / 52.60673; 0.64554

Cockley Cley is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 17.94 km2 (6.93 sq mi) and had a population of 138 in 58 households in the 2001 census,[2] including South Pickenham and increasing to a population of 232 in 103 households at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Breckland.

The village's name means 'Clay'. 'Cockley' is uncertain. It may be a place-name, 'cock wood-clearing' or a local family name.

Its church, All Saints, is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk but in 1991 much of the tower collapsed. The church was restored in 1866–88 by diocesan architect Richard Phipson.[3] The interior was not harmed by the tower's collapse and exhibits the Victorian concept of how a church should look. The north arcade is 14th century, and it has been copied for the south arcade.[4]

From 1975 a reconstructed Iceni village was a visitor attraction at Cockley Cley. It finally closed in 2014.[5]


See also[edit]

  • The Norfolk headless body – a woman, believed murdered, whose decapitated body was found here in 1974. Her DNA suggested she might have been Danish, but her identity was never discovered.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  2. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. ^ Wilson, Bill (2002). Norfolk, Part 2. Yale UP. p. 265. ISBN 978-0-300-09657-6.
  4. ^ The Round Tower Churches of Norfolk by Lyn Stilgoe and Dorothy Shreeve, Canterbury Press, Norwich; ISBN 1-85311-448-0
  5. ^ "Cockley Cley auction brings end to heritage site’s saga" EDP 16 October 2014

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