Great Cressingham

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Great Cressingham
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St Michael, Great Cressingham
Great Cressingham is located in Norfolk
Great Cressingham
Great Cressingham
Location within Norfolk
Area9.84 km2 (3.80 sq mi)
Population279 (2001 census[1])
421 (2011)[2]
• Density28/km2 (73/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF850015
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townThetford
Postcode districtIP25
Dialling code01760
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°33′56″N 0°45′52″E / 52.565608°N 0.76455°E / 52.565608; 0.76455Coordinates: 52°33′56″N 0°45′52″E / 52.565608°N 0.76455°E / 52.565608; 0.76455

Great Cressingham is a Norfolk village which lies about 5 miles (8 km) of Watton, 6 miles (10 km) south of Swaffham and only 1.5 miles (2.4 km) off the A1065 arterial road just north of Hilborough. It is 2.5 miles (4 km) north west by road from Little Cressingham. In 2007 it had an estimated population of 235,[3] in an area of 9.84 km2 (3.80 sq mi), including Little Cressingham and increasing to 421 at the 2011 Census.

The village's name origin is uncertain but probably means 'Homestead/village of Cressa's people', or perhaps, 'cress homestead/village'.

The village church is dedicated to Saint Michael.[4] in the Benefice of Cockley Cley.[5]

There is a pub called the Olde Windmill Inn.

The village school was built in 1840. It was used as a local Authority school until 1992 and was then acquired by Tom and Sally North. They have restored it as closely as possible to how it would have been in Victorian times and now run free historical school days.[6]

Great Cressingham is on the very edge of the British Army's Stanford Training Area.


  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Yearbook - Parish Information". Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  4. ^ Church of St.Michael
  5. ^ "Benefice Of Cockley Cley". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  6. ^ Great Cressingham Victorian School