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Hunworth Church.jpg
Saint Lawrence parish Church
Hunworth is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Population101 (parish, 2001 census)
OS grid referenceTG0635
• London127 miles (204 km)
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHOLT
Postcode districtNR24
Dialling code01263
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°52′39″N 1°04′08″E / 52.87742°N 1.06889°E / 52.87742; 1.06889Coordinates: 52°52′39″N 1°04′08″E / 52.87742°N 1.06889°E / 52.87742; 1.06889

Hunworth is a village within the civil parish of Stody (where the population is from 2011 included) in the English county of Norfolk.[1] The village is 11.5 miles (18.5 km) east-north-east of the town of Fakenham, 12.6 miles (20.3 km) west-south-west of Cromer and 125 miles (201 km) north-north-east of London. The nearest town is Holt which lies 3.4 miles (5.5 km) north of the village. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. The village is situated on the road between Holt and Briston.[2] The parish of Stody, within which Hunworth is located, had, in the 2001 census, a population of 101, being less than 100 at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.


Hunworth has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085.[3] In the great book Edgefield is recorded by the name of Hunaworda, Huneworda or Huneworde . The parish is Kings land with main landholders being Alstan, who had been the pre-conquest holder, and his main tenant is said to be Ribald from count Alan and Walter Gifford. There is said to be 4½ Mills. In the Domesday survey fractions[4] were used to indicate that the entry, in this case a Mill, was situated within more than one parish.

Castle Hill[edit]

On the north east of the village there are the remains of medieval ringworks.[5] These remains are situated on the spur of a hill and overlook the village strategically commanding two crossing points on the river Glaven. The earthworks have a diameter of 95 metres (312 ft) which forms an incomplete ring. The penannular earthwork consist of an inner bank, a ditch and a slight counterscarp bank. At it highest part the bank is 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) above ground level. During excavations carried out in 1965 traces of a possible timber revetment were found which may have been constructed as part of an enclosure. This site is described as a Timber castle and probably Norman. The earthworks are a scheduled monument protected by law.

Prominent buildings[edit]

The parish church of Saint Lawrence[edit]

The parish church at Hunworth has a very stark interior with tall whitewashed walls which reach up to the arch-braced roof.[6] The only wall tablet is dedicted to the men who did not return from the First World War.[6] In the nave there stands a statue of Saint Lawrence holding his Gridiron. Lawrence is said to have been martyred on a gridiron. During his torture Lawrence cried out "This side’s done, turn me over and have a bite." ["Assum est, inquit, versa et manduca."].[7] The statue stands in a 12-inch niche cut on the angle of a 14th-century window on the north east side of the building. The chancel was rebuilt in the 1850s[6] and within it there hangs a Turkish sanctuary lamp made from bronze filigree. Local folklaw says that this lamp was once the property of Florence Nightingale.[6] To the outside of the church there is a 12th-century tower. On the south elevation there is a Saxon window[6] which was discovered only in the 1960s giving an idea of the age of this building.

Hunworth Hall[edit]

Hunworth hall was built in 1699 For Edmund Britliffe. It is constructed over two storeys and is of rendered brickwork. To the front elevation there are six bays with a central doorcase with pilasters which are a later addition from circa the 18th century. The brick and flint barn north of the hall, which also dates from the 18th century, has Britliffe’s initials set into the wall. Another barn to further north dates to about 1700 and seems to have started as a house, been converted to a stock-house, then back to a house.

Hunworth watermill[edit]

Hunworth watermill stands on the river Glaven and the building seen today dates from the 1750s.[8] There has been a mill on the site for even longer with records showing milling dues being paid to Edward the Confessor.[8] The building is constructed from Norfolk red brick and flint and has a pantiled roof. When the mill was sold in 1974 it had been unused for forty years and all its machinery was intact.[8] It has since been renovated into a dwelling and is a grade II listed mill house.[8]

The Bell public house[edit]

The Hunny Bell, as locals call it, stands on the village green and was formally called the Bluebell inn. The building dates from the 18th century.

The pub was rebranded as The Hunworth Bell and is now (as of August 2017) run by multi-award winning Ben and Sarah Handley also of The Duck Inn, Stanhoe.

Ben and Sarah have owned The Duck Inn for several years and have won numerous accolades including becoming The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year 2017.



  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 24 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4.
  2. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, Page 227, ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  3. ^ The Domesday Book, England's Heritage, Then and Now, (Editor: Thomas Hinde), Norfolk, page 191, Hunworth, ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  4. ^ The Normans in Norfolk, By Sue Margeson, Fabienne Seillier and Andrew Rogerson, Pub:1994, Page 21, ISBN 0-903101-62-9
  5. ^ [1] Heritage of Norfolk
  6. ^ a b c d e The Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches,1:North-East Norfolk, By D.P. Mortlock & C.V. Roberts, 1981, Pub:Acorn Editions, Page 20 Briston All saints, ISBN 0-906554-04-7
  7. ^ Saint Ambrose, De officiis ministrorum, 1.41.207
  8. ^ a b c d [2] Norfolk Mills:Hunworth

External links[edit]

Media related to Hunworth at Wikimedia Commons

Hunworth Bell