St Mary's Church
|Area||6.34 km2 (2.45 sq mi)|
|Population||229 (2001 census)|
|• Density||36/km2 (93/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
Elsing is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is approximately 5 miles (8 km) miles north-east of the town of East Dereham and 12 miles (19 km) north-west of the city of Norwich. The nearest village is Lyng, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north-east.
The civil parish has an area of 634 hectares and in the 2001 census had a population of 229 in 105 households. For the purposes of local government Elsing falls within the Upper Wensum Ward of Breckland District Council and the Elmham and Mattishall Division of Norfolk County Council.
Elsing in the Domesday Book is listed as "Helsinga"; this name derives from an Old Scandinavian person name with 'ingas', meaning a "settlement of the family or followers of a man called Elesa". His image is depicted on the village sign together with a hunting hound.
In the medieval era Elsing was a town with a population of over a thousand, and had its own market and guildhall.
- Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, p.175, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011). ISBN 019960908X
- "Eynford Hundred: Elsing Pages 201-203 An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808". British History Online. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
- "SIMPSON". Telegraph. 2006.
- ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 238 - East Dereham & Aylsham. ISBN 0-319-21869-4.
- ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 2 December 2005.