East Rudham

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East Rudham
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Signpost in East Rudham
East Rudham is located in Norfolk
East Rudham
East Rudham
Location within Norfolk
Area17.94 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
Population541 2011
• Density30/km2 (78/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF826280
• London97 miles (156 km)
Civil parish
  • East Rudham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE31
Dialling code01485
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°49′08″N 0°42′30″E / 52.81898°N 0.70841°E / 52.81898; 0.70841Coordinates: 52°49′08″N 0°42′30″E / 52.81898°N 0.70841°E / 52.81898; 0.70841

East Rudham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is located 14 miles (23 km) north-east of King's Lynn and 28 miles (45 km) north-west of Norwich.


East Rudham's name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and derives from the Old English for 'Rudda's' homestead or village.[1]

Several Iron Age and Roman artefacts have been found close to East Rudham, and there is further evidence to suggest a small Roman settlement was based on the modern village.[2]

In the Domesday Book, East and West Rudham are recorded together as a settlement of 67 households in the hundred of Brothercross. In 1086, the village was divided between the East Anglian estates of Alan of Brittany, William de Warenne and Peter de Valognes.[3]

During the Second World War, a starfish site was created on nearby Coxford Heath designed to draw Luftwaffe bombers away from King's Lynn.[4]

In 2016, several test pits were dug by the University of Cambridge around the parish.


According to the 2011 Census, East Rudham, including Broomsthorpe, has a population of 541 residents living in 281 households. The parish covered an area of 6.93 sq mi (17.9 km2).[5]

East Rudham falls within the constituency of North West Norfolk and is represented at Parliament by James Wild MP of the Conservative Party. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

St. Mary's Church[edit]

East Rudham's church is dedicated to Saint Mary and was rebuilt in the mid-Nineteenth Century in the Perpendicular style after the tower collapsed into the Nave. St. Mary's font pre-dates the church and is dated 1852.[6]


East Rudham railway station opened in 1880 as a stop on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway between South Lynn and Melton Constable. The station closed in 1959.

The A148, between King's Lynn and Cromer, bisects the village.

War Memorial[edit]

East and West Rudham's war memorial takes the form of an obelisk topped with a wheel cross, located beside the A148. It lists the following names from East Rudham for the First World War:

  • Corporal H. Walter Wake (1888-1915), 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Lance-Corporal Bertie R. Huggins (1895-1917), 9th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Driver Claude Whitby (1898-1918), 20th (Ammunition Column) Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery
  • Gunner Alfred Vertigen (1898-1918), 331st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
  • Gunner William E. Hammond (1888-1917), 64th (Siege) Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
  • Gunner Frank Green (1885-1918), 290th (Siege) Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
  • Private Herbert Gregory (1889-1917), 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
  • Private Robert W. Nicholls (1890-1918), 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
  • Private Albert E. Overland (1886-1917), 205th Company, Machine Gun Corps
  • Private James E. Daniels (1895-1916), 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Private Cecil E. Strangleman (1895-1917), 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • Private Ernest A. Bobbitt (1880-1918), 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
  • Private Albert L. Dawson (1894-1917), 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
  • Private Edric J. Couzens (1893-1916), 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment

And, the following for the Second World War:


  1. ^ University of Nottingham. (2022). Retrieved December 27, 2022. http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/map/place/Norfolk/Rudham%20East%20and%20West
  2. ^ Spooner, S. (2005). Retrieved December 27, 2022. https://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?TNF176-Parish-Summary-East-Rudham-(Parish-Summary)
  3. ^ Domesday Book. (1086). Retrieved December 27, 2022. https://opendomesday.org/place/XX0000/east-and-west-rudham/
  4. ^ Spooner, S. (2005). Retrieved December 27, 2022. https://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?TNF176-Parish-Summary-East-Rudham-(Parish-Summary)
  5. ^ Office for National Statistics. (2011). Retrieved December 27, 2022. https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/localarea?compare=E04006306
  6. ^ Knott, S. (2016). Retrieved December 27, 2022. http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/eastrudham/eastrudham.htm
  7. ^ Peck, M. (2018). Retrieved December 27, 2022. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/EastRudham.html

External links[edit]

Media related to East Rudham at Wikimedia Commons