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St Nicholas's Church, Dersingham
Dersingham is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area14.50 km2 (5.60 sq mi)
Population4,640 (2011)
• Density320/km2 (830/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF 686 304
• London96km
Civil parish
  • Dersingham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE31
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°50′41″N 0°30′07″E / 52.84471°N 0.50200°E / 52.84471; 0.50200Coordinates: 52°50′41″N 0°30′07″E / 52.84471°N 0.50200°E / 52.84471; 0.50200

Dersingham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated some 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north of the town of King's Lynn and 70 km (43 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich, opening onto The Wash.[1]

Village sign in Dersingham


Dersingham's name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and derives from the Old English for the village or settlement of Deorsige's people.[2]

In the Domesday Book, Dersingham is listed as a settlement of 115 households in the hundred of Freebridge. In 1086, the village was divided between the estates of Eudo, son of Spirewic and Peter de Valognes.[3]


According to the 2011 Census, Dersingham has a population of 4,640 residents living in 2,394 households.[4]

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

The nearby Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England (formerly English Nature), contains habitats ranging from marshland to heathland and woodland. Birds such as the redpoll, crossbill, long-eared owl, tree pipit, sparrowhawk and nightjar can be found there.

St Nicholas' Church[edit]

John Sell Cotman, chest in Dersingham Church

Dersingham's parish church is of Norman origin and is dedicated to Saint Nicholas. The Church of St Nicholas is a Grade I listed building.[5] The church holds a good example of a 14th-century chancel with stained glass depicting Jesus, Saint Agnes and Saint Luke installed by James Powell and Sons and Charles Eamer Kempe in the early 20th Century.[6] The wooden parish chest, dating from the middle of the 14th century, is carved elaborately with the symbols of the four Evangelists; on the lid, there is part of an inscription.

Sandringham House[edit]

Sandringham House, a favoured Royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II and several of her predecessors, lies just to the south of Dersingham in the parish of Sandringham. The Queen visited Dersingham Infant School to mark her Diamond Jubilee in February 2012.[7]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 250 - Norfolk Coast West. ISBN 0-319-21886-4.
  2. ^ University of Nottingham. (2022). Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  3. ^ Domesday Book. (1086). Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  4. ^ Office for National Statistics. (2011). Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas, Dersingham (1342317)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. ^ Knott, S. (2016). Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  7. ^ 'Dersingham Infant and Nursery School welcomes the Queen.' Lynn News (2012). Retrieved December 23, 2022.

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