Grimston, Norfolk

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Grimston is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area18.08 km2 (6.98 sq mi)
Population1,980 (2011)[1]
• Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF721224
Civil parish
  • Grimston
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE32
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°46′19″N 0°33′00″E / 52.77195°N 0.54993°E / 52.77195; 0.54993Coordinates: 52°46′19″N 0°33′00″E / 52.77195°N 0.54993°E / 52.77195; 0.54993

Grimston is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk approximately 6 miles north-east of King's Lynn. It covers an area of 18.08 km2 (6.98 sq mi) and had a population of 1,952 in 823 households at the 2001 census,[2] increasing to a population of 1,980 at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

Signpost in Grimston
Signpost in Grimston

The village is just a few miles away from the Royal family's residence at Sandringham.

The village was built on a spring line and a Roman villa was found near Watery Lane in the late 19th century.[3] Subsequently, Roman villas were found in the neighbouring villas of Gayton Thorpe and Well Hall to the South and Congham and Appleton the North. Some red bricks from the Villa were re-used in the church, on buttresses and on the South Wall. Grimston, and particularly the nearby hamlet of Pott Row were quite significant centres of pottery production from the 11th to 16th centuries[citation needed] and important suppliers of this to Scandinavia. Grimstonware finds have also been made in Italy and Spain. Pots often had faces carved just under the rim. Some of these can be seen in local Museums including the Castle Museum, Norwich. The Grade I listed Church of St.Botolph has late Saxon or early Norman origins, largely extended in the 14th and 15th centuries. Adam Thorowgood (Adam Thoroughgood) was born in Grimston in July 1604. He was a prominent Virginia settler in the 1620s, naming the city of Norfolk after his home county and the district of Thoroughgood in Virginia Beach is named after him, and a house he built there is open as a museum. He died in 1640. Schools that serve the area are Holly Meadows School (Primary) in Vong Lane and Springwood High School in King's Lynn (Secondary)


An electoral ward in the same name exists. The population of this ward taken at the 2011 Census was 2,2337.[4]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  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. ^ http://[ Norfolk Heritage Explorer article
  4. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 27 August 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Grimston at Wikimedia Commons