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St Nicholas 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
Civil parish
  • Dersingham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE31
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
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, civil parish and electoral ward 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]

Signpost in Dersingham

The civil parish has an area of 14.5 km2 (5.6 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 4,502 in 2,110 households, the population increasing to 4,640 at the 2011 Census.[2] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.[3]

John Sell Cotman, chest in Dersingham Church

Sandringham House, a favoured Royal residence of Her Majesty 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 accession day on 6 February 2012.[4]

The Church of St Nicholas is a Grade I listed building.[5] 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.

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.[6]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 250 - Norfolk Coast West. ISBN 0-319-21886-4.
  2. ^ "Ward/Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
  4. ^ "Dersingham Infant and Nursery School welcomes the Queen". Lynn News. 6 February 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas, Dersingham (1342317)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Dersingham Norfolk". Archived from the original on July 18, 2006. Retrieved June 1, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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