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St Mary's Church, Forncett St Mary, Norfolk - - 843366.jpg
St Mary's Church, Forncett St Mary
Forncett is located in Norfolk
Forncett shown within Norfolk
Area 10.76 km2 (4.15 sq mi)
Population 1,126 (2011)
• Density 105/km2 (270/sq mi)
OS grid reference TM165928
Civil parish
  • Forncett
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR16
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°29′26″N 1°11′18″E / 52.49059°N 1.18836°E / 52.49059; 1.18836Coordinates: 52°29′26″N 1°11′18″E / 52.49059°N 1.18836°E / 52.49059; 1.18836

Forncett is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 10.76 km2 (4.15 sq mi) and had a population of 1,000 in 381 households at the 2001 census,[1] increasing to 1,126 at the 2011 census.[2] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of South Norfolk.

It includes the villages of Forncett St Peter, Forncett St Mary and Forncett End.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north to Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall with a total population at the 2011 Census of 2,701.[3]

Forncett Industrial Steam Museum[edit]

The Tower Bridge engine

The Forncett Industrial Steam Museum houses a collection of large stationary steam engines which are occasionally demonstrated to the public.

Included in the collection is a 150 hp Vickers Armstrong cross-compound pumping engine originally used to open Tower Bridge in London. It was the 'third' steam engine, installed as a wartime precaution against air-raid damage, and was removed to Forncett in 1974.[4] The two original engines remain on display at Tower Bridge.

Other exhibits include a Gimson and Company beam engine, and examples of Corliss engines, vertical engines and Woolf compound engines.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Forncett parish information". South Norfolk Council. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Tower Bridge engine". Forncett Industrial Steam Museum. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  5. ^ B. M. Nicholls, ‘Colenso, Harriette Emily (1847–1932)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 2 Jan 2017

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