St Andrew's, Framingham Earl
|Area||2.56 km2 (0.99 sq mi)|
|• Density||340/km2 (880/sq mi)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
Framingham Earl is a small village situated south of Norwich, in the English county of Norfolk. It is next to Poringland and Framingham Pigot. It covers an area of 2.56 km2 (0.99 sq mi) and had a population of 834 in 354 households at the 2001 census, increasing to a population of 871 in 363 households at the 2011 Census.
The villages name means 'Homestead/village of Fram's people'. The village was held by the Earl of Norfolk hence the 'Earl' addition.
Within Framingham Earl is Framingham Earl High School, which is part of the Sapientia Education Trust. Sharing the same site is a Sports Centre, which opened in early 2006 and provides a range of exercise classes and sports opportunities to the people of the surrounding villages as well as giving the school extra space to use for PE and dance lessons. It is now managed by South Norfolk District Council. 
The village has two churches, the Methodist Church and the Church of St. Andrew. St. Andrew's is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. The plan of the church is beguilingly irregular, with the chancel decreasing in width towards the east end. A pilaster strip in the south wall of the chancel curiously tapers with the narrow portion at the bottom: the whole building has a gnarled, irregular appearance which is a mark of Anglo-Saxon construction. Even the corners (quoins) are of flint, although these are somewhat larger on the whole than those built into the body of the walls. There is even, surprisingly, an attempt at herringbone-work, all in flint, and round splayed porthole windows dressed entirely in flints, not quite perfect circles.
The writer W. G. Sebald is buried in the churchyard of St. Andrew's.
Media related to Framingham Earl at Wikimedia Commons
- Parish Council website
- St Andrew's on the European Round Tower Churches Website
- Framingham Earl High School
- Friends of St Andrew's Church