Fincham

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Fincham
St Martin, Fincham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 309466.jpg
St. Martin's Church, Fincham
Fincham is located in Norfolk
Fincham
Fincham
Fincham shown within Norfolk
Area12.03 km2 (4.64 sq mi)
Population496 (2011 census)[1]
• Density41/km2 (110/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF685065
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE33
Dialling code01366
PoliceNorfolk
FireNorfolk
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
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UK
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Norfolk
52°37′48″N 0°29′18″E / 52.63010°N 0.48826°E / 52.63010; 0.48826Coordinates: 52°37′48″N 0°29′18″E / 52.63010°N 0.48826°E / 52.63010; 0.48826

Fincham is a village and civil parish in north-west Norfolk, England, with a population of approximately 500. Located on the A1122, it is 12 miles (19 km) south of King's Lynn. It neighbours the villages of Shouldham, Boughton, and Barton Bendish and is part of the King's Lynn and West Norfolk local governing district. The main road of the village, the A1122, is a Roman road connecting Swaffham and Downham Market. To this extent it is often used by trucks transporting sugarbeet and is used by RAF personnel travelling to the nearby airbase at RAF Marham.

Fincham has a single pub, The Swan, and a single church, St. Martin's church. The church was built during the Middle Ages and renovated by the Victorians. The village used to have two churches, though one became derelict and was destroyed by royal bequest. The village, at one time, hosted 5 public houses.

The Fincham Memorial Hall has twice suffered damage, once after an illegal rave and again after flooding caused by the cold snap of winter 2010. It holds a monthly car boot sale and with the opposite Old Rectory often hold the village's annual féte. The village green, now planted with a memorial flowerbed, used to be a large pond, but was filled in in the early 20th century. There are two manors of note, Fairswell and Talbot, the latter of which previously hosted an impressive collection of orchids, which have since been given to Kew Botanical Gardens for safekeeping.

As of 2013, Fincham has a shop/post office, a pub, a petrol station, a hairdressers and a tree surgeon/log supplier. As of 2015 the shop/post office has now closed, leaving the village with no convenience store.

In 2005, the Fincham Chorus was formed by people from Fincham and the surrounding area. To date, they have staged several concerts and performed at one wedding, as well as taking part in the Christmas carol services. To date, they have raised over £10000 for St Martin's Church restoration fund.

The village also boasts a Caravan Club Certified Location.

Politically, Fincham is in the Wimbotsham with Fincham ward of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, the Fincham division of Norfolk County Council, and the parliamentary constituency of South West Norfolk, whose MP since 2010 is Liz Truss, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Ecclesiastically, it is in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon and Wisbech of the Church of England Diocese of Ely, and in the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 27 August 2015.

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