Ruin of St Mary's church, Kirby Bedon
Kirby Bedon shown within Norfolk
|Area||7.82 km2 (3.02 sq mi)|
|– density||25/km2 (65/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Kirby Bedon|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Kirby Bedon is a small village in South Norfolk which lies approximately 3½ miles (5½ km) south-east of Norwich on the road to Bramerton. It covers an area of 7.82 km2 (3.02 sq mi) and had a population of 186 in 77 households at the 2001 census, the population increasing to 198 at the 2011 Census.
It has two churches, the ruined round-towered St Mary's Church and, standing opposite, St Andrew's church, which is still in use. St Andrew's contains a plaque erected by parishioners in memory of four crew members of "Broad and High", an American B-24 Liberator bomber who were killed when it crashed near the church on 18 August 1944 as it returned to Rackheath from a raid on Germany.
For one hundred years Kirby Bedon had a village school, which opened on 24 June 1878 and closed for the last time on 26 July 1978, a victim of the drive to close small village schools.
Kirby Bedon Church Hall is the home venue for Kirby Bedon Short Mat Bowls Club, a very successful side which have won the Norfolk Summer League on many occasions as well as many other cups and titles.
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