East Harling

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East Harling
View from south east, Church of St Peter and St Paul, East Harling 2.jpg
The church of St Peter and St Paul
East Harling is located in Norfolk
East Harling
East Harling
Location within Norfolk
OS grid referenceTL 993 865
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORWICH
Postcode districtNR16
Dialling code01953
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°26′24″N 0°55′51″E / 52.44011°N 0.93076°E / 52.44011; 0.93076Coordinates: 52°26′24″N 0°55′51″E / 52.44011°N 0.93076°E / 52.44011; 0.93076

East Harling is a village in the English county of Norfolk. The village forms the principal settlement in the civil parish of Harling , and is located some 8 miles (13 km) east of the town of Thetford and 25 miles (40 km) south-west of the city of Norwich.[1]

The villages name means 'Herela's people' or perhaps, 'Herela's place'.

The parish church of Ss Peter and Paul is a Grade I listed building. It was built in the 15th century on the site of an older church and has a magnificent hammerbeam roof which rises to a height of 45 feet above the floor. The building contains many other medieval survivals such as the panels of the chancel screen, an older screen surrounding the Lady Chapel with intricate carvings in its spandrels, choir stalls in the chancel, remains of a mural and the octagonal font. There are also a number of interesting tombs. The most noteworthy feature of the church, however, is the magnificent east window which was donated to the church by Lady Anne Herling and her second husband, Sir Robert Wingfield, in around 1460. Removed for safety, the glass of this notable window was hidden in the attic of the since demolished East Harling Hall. When the manor was sold to Thomas Wright in 1736 he restored the glass to the church. It was removed again during World War II but replaced and re-leaded in 1947.

The village is served by Harling Road railway station, which is situated 2 miles (3 km) to the north.

From 1808 to 1814 East Harling hosted a station in the shutter telegraph chain which connected the Admiralty in London to its naval ships in the port of Great Yarmouth.[2]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 230 - Diss & Harleston. ISBN 0-319-21862-7.
  2. ^ Wilson, Geoffrey (1976). The Old Telegraphs. London: Phillimore. p. 29. ISBN 0 900592 79 6.


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