Hockwold cum Wilton

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Hockwold cum Wilton
St Peter's Church, Hockwold cum Wilton, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 1550959.jpg
St Peter's Church, Hockwold cum Wilton
Hockwold cum Wilton is located in Norfolk
Hockwold cum Wilton
Hockwold cum Wilton
Location within Norfolk
Area31.05 km2 (11.99 sq mi)
Population1,195 (2011)[1]
• Density38/km2 (98/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF615205
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIP26
Dialling code01842
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°27′54″N 0°32′31″E / 52.465°N 0.542°E / 52.465; 0.542Coordinates: 52°27′54″N 0°32′31″E / 52.465°N 0.542°E / 52.465; 0.542

Hockwold cum Wilton ("Hock/mallow wood and willow-tree farm/settlement"[2]) is 10 miles west of Thetford, Norfolk, England and is in the borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. It is located near several USAF airbases, notably RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall. It is situated on the boundary between the geographical areas of the Breckland - a region of sandy heathland now largely forested - and the flat, low-lying Fens, with some characteristics of both.

The village is the location of the primary campus of Iceni Academy. Previously this was Hockwold Primary School. The village has two churches (St Peter's and St James') and a Methodist chapel.


Hockwold Treasure on display in the British Museum, Roman, 1st century AD

An important Roman hoard of silver tableware and coins was found in Hockwold in 1962. It is now part of the Roman-British collections at the British Museum.[3] Originally, the village was located next to the river. However, after the black plague infected the village, it was burnt down and relocated a mile to the north.[citation needed]

Hockwold Hall[edit]

Hockwold Hall is an Elizabethan house on the site of an earlier manor. The manor of Hockwold is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Hockwold Hall, with origins in the late 15th century, is a Tudor manor house with a substantial extension built by a Royal Prince at the end of the 19th century.

Sir William Tyndall is recorded as owning the Estate in 1489. The royalist Arthur Heveningham lived at the Hall until 1657: his brother, William Heveningham, was one of the regicides of Charles I, and his daughter Abigail married John Digby, 1st Earl of Bristol. Sir Cyril Wyche, a founder member of the Royal Society, took over the estate in 1688 and lived there until 1707. Prince Victor Duleep Singh, the eldest son of the last Maharaja of Lahore, a godson of Queen Victoria, came to live at Hockwold Hall in 1895.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Hockwold cum Wilton". English Place-Name Society database. the University of Nottingham]. Retrieved 14 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ British Museum Collection

External links[edit]

Hockwold Cricket Club.