Gillingham, Norfolk

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St Mary's church, Gillingham
Gillingham is located in Norfolk
Gillingham shown within Norfolk
Area8.21 km2 (3.17 sq mi)
Population676 (2011)
• Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTM411920
Civil parish
  • Gillingham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBECCLES
Postcode districtNR34
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°28′22″N 1°32′56″E / 52.472903°N 1.548994°E / 52.472903; 1.548994Coordinates: 52°28′22″N 1°32′56″E / 52.472903°N 1.548994°E / 52.472903; 1.548994

Gillingham /ˈɡɪlɪŋəm/ is a small village located just off the A146 in South Norfolk, about 1 mile north of the market town of Beccles. The full name of the parish is Gillingham All Saints and St Mary. It covers an area of 8.21 km2 (3.17 sq mi) and had a population of 650 in 294 households at the time of the 2001 census,[1] increasing to 676 at the 2011 census.[2]


The parish is in the deanery of Loddon, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk, the parish church is dedicated to St Mary with the church of All Saints being demolished in the 18th century.

Gillingham is mentioned in the Domesday Book as one of the settlements in Clavering hundred.

There is an electoral roll of 584 and located within the village is Gillingham First School, Gillingham Pre-School, a playground, allotments, two churches and a village hall.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north to Heckingham with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 2,871.[3]


The village currently has a regular bus service to much of the surrounding area. First Norfolk & Suffolk run the X2 through the village, which gives access to Beccles, Loddon, Norwich and Lowestoft as well as the smaller surrounding villages and Anglian Bus run the 580 to Beccles, Bungay, Harleston and Diss and the connecting 581 to Beccles and Great Yarmouth and the 146 which runs between Norwich and Lowestoft via Loddon and Beccles. Bus services to other areas can be found in Beccles.


There is a primary school in the village, Gillingham St Michael's Church of England Primary Academy.[4] For secondary education most children from the village go to Hobart High School in Loddon or Sir John Leman High School in Beccles.[5]

Notable events[edit]

On 13 March 2014, a helicopter crashed shortly after take-off from Gillingham Hall, killing all four people on board, including Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond, the owner of Gillingham Hall.


  1. ^ "Gillingham parish information". South Norfolk Council. 6 June 2007. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Home page". Gillingham St Michael's Church of England Primary Academy. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. ^ "About us". Gillingham St.Michaels Church Of England Primary Academy. Retrieved 25 April 2016.

External links[edit]

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