Foulden, Norfolk

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All Saints Church, Foulden
Foulden is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area12.95 km2 (5.00 sq mi)
Population430 (2011)[1]
• Density33/km2 (85/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTL764988
Civil parish
  • Foulden
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIP26
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°33′33″N 0°36′07″E / 52.55904°N 0.60201°E / 52.55904; 0.60201Coordinates: 52°33′33″N 0°36′07″E / 52.55904°N 0.60201°E / 52.55904; 0.60201

Foulden /ˈfldən/ is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 12.95 km2 (5.00 sq mi) and had a population of 444 in 176 households at the 2001 census,[2] including Beckett End but decreasing to a population of 430 also in 176 households at the 2011 census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Breckland.

"Foulden" derives from the words "fowl" and "den", meaning "hill frequented by birds". It was recorded as "Fugalduna" in the Domesday Book.[3]

The village lies on the edge of Thetford Forest. Birdlife is plentiful owing to the many trees in the area, large stretches of open water, and its location near the Fens. To the north of the village is Foulden Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Local industry is primarily agricultural, including dairy farming, sugar beet and other crops.

The Salvation Army Commissioner John Lawley was born in the village in 1859.

The village hall [4] was built in the 1970s by residents of Foulden. Today a wide range of events can be enjoyed at the hall or can be hired on a private basis.

The village was struck by an F0/T1 tornado on 23 November 1981, as part of the record-breaking nationwide tornado outbreak on that day.[5]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, 4th edition, 1960
  4. ^
  5. ^ "European Severe Weather Database".

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