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Elsing Church south view.JPG
St Mary's Church
Elsing is located in Norfolk
Elsing shown within Norfolk
Area6.34 km2 (2.45 sq mi)
Population229 (2001 census)
• Density36/km2 (93/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG051166
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDEREHAM
Postcode districtNR20
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
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. It is situated some 6 miles north-east of the town of East Dereham and 12 miles north-west of the city of Norwich.[1] For the purposes of local government it falls within the Upper Wensum Ward of Breckland District Council and the Elmham and Mattishall Division of Norfolk County Council.

The civil parish has an area of 634 hectares and in the 2001 census had a population of 229 in 105 households.[2]

History of Elsing[edit]

The village is named after a Danish chieftain, “Elesa”, whose image appears on the village sign together with his hunting hound. In mediaeval times, Elsing was a thriving town with a population of over a thousand. It had its own market and guildhall. The church of St Mary, built in 1347, has the widest pillarless nave in East Anglia. There is a brass commemorating the life of Sir Hugh Hastings, the Lord of the Manor. The Hastings family built the moated Elsing Hall in 1470. Elsing Hall has a priest hole amongst its many features, used during the 16th century to hide Catholic priests from persecution.

The village is widely spread and a succession of interesting old buildings can be seen passing through the village from East Dereham to the adjacent village of Lyng. These are Elsing Hall, the Church, the Guildhall, the Rectory and Elsing Mill on the River Wensum.

The Mermaid Inn public house (16th Century c.1540) is adjacent to 14th century St Mary's Church and Elsing Hall gardens are open to groups by prior appointment during the summer months.

Notable residents[edit]

BBC reporter Bob Simpson lived in the village and is buried in the churchyard.[1] Simpson rebuilt an MG sports car which he enjoyed driving through the Norfolk countryside.[2]


  1. ^ "SIMPSON". Telegraph. 2006.
  2. ^ Ruff, Peter (31 July 2006). "Veteran BBC newsman bringing home the horror of conflict". Retrieved 7 July 2016

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