Elsing

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Elsing
Elsing Church south view.JPG
St Mary's Church
Elsing is located in Norfolk
Elsing
Elsing
Location within Norfolk
Area6.34 km2 (2.45 sq mi)
Population229 (2001 census)
• Density36/km2 (93/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG051166
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic countyNorfolk
Post townDEREHAM
Postcode districtNR20
PoliceNorfolk
FireNorfolk
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
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52°42′30″N 1°02′05″E / 52.70833°N 1.03475°E / 52.70833; 1.03475Coordinates: 52°42′30″N 1°02′05″E / 52.70833°N 1.03475°E / 52.70833; 1.03475

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

History[edit]

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".[1] His image is depicted on the village sign together with a hunting hound.

At the Norman conquest, the manor was given to Earl Warren and then passed by inheritance to the Foliot, Hastings and Brown families. [2]

In the medieval era Elsing was a town with a population of over a thousand,[citation needed] and had its own market and guildhall.

Notable buildings[edit]

St Mary's Church, built in 1347, has the widest pillarless nave in East Anglia.[citation needed] There is a brass commemorating the life of Sir Hugh Hastings, the lord of the manor.[citation needed]

The Hastings family built the moated Elsing Hall in 1470. The hall incorporates a priest hole used during the 16th century to hide Catholic priests from persecution.[citation needed]

Other historic landmarks include the gardens at Elsing Hall, the Guildhall, the Rectory, The Mermaid Inn public house (c.1540), and Elsing Mill on the River Wensum.[citation needed]

BBC reporter Bob Simpson (1944 – 2006) lived in the village and is buried in the churchyard.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, p.175, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011). ISBN 019960908X
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "SIMPSON". Telegraph. 2006.

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