Leziate

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Leziate
Leziate and Ashwicken village sign.jpg
The Village sign, Leziate, Norfolk
Leziate is located in Norfolk
Leziate
Leziate
Leziate shown within Norfolk
Area11.37 km2 (4.39 sq mi)
Population592 (2011 census)
• Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF6719
• London106 miles (171 km)
Civil parish
  • Leziate
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE32
Dialling code01553
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AmbulanceEast of England
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52°44′21″N 0°28′48″E / 52.739291°N 0.479997°E / 52.739291; 0.479997Coordinates: 52°44′21″N 0°28′48″E / 52.739291°N 0.479997°E / 52.739291; 0.479997

Leziate is a hamlet and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[1] The village is 44 miles (71 km) west of Norwich, 5.7 miles (9.2 km) east of King's Lynn and 106 miles (171 km) north-north-east of London. The Village is located a small distance south of the B1145[2] a route which runs between King's Lynn and Mundesley. The nearest railway station is at King's Lynn for the Fen Line which runs between King's Lynn and Cambridge. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. The parish of Leziate in the 2001 census, has a population of 581, including Ashwicken and increasing to 592 at the 2011 census.[3]

Description[edit]

This large parish is in the west of the county located east of the town of King's Lynn. The parish is bordered with Grimston to the north, East Winch to the south, Bawsey to the west and Gayton to the east. There are two hamlets within the parish and they are Leziate and Ashwicken, both these settlements are described as a shrunken village. During the medieval period the village of Leziate was much larger, but the village had shrunk sufficiently by the late 15th century for the parish of Leziate to be united with Ashwicken. The name Leziate comes from the Old English meaning meadow gate,[4] while the name Ashwicken is also derived from Old English and means either place at the dwellings or buildings or place at the ash trees.[4]

Governance[edit]

Leziate is a parish of the Kings Lynn and West Norfolk district council, which is responsible for the most local services. Norfolk County Council is responsible for roads, some schools, and social services, and the county councillor is Richard Toby Coke (UKIP). For Westminster elections it forms part of the North West Norfolk constituency, represented by Henry Bellingham (Conservative).

The deserted village of Holt[edit]

During the medieval period there was another settlement within the parish. It was called Holt. The village was demolished when the landlord, the notorious Thomas Thursby, enclosed the land and converted it to pasture for his sheep. Holt was the only Norfolk village recorded in the Commission of Inquiry in 1517 as being totally depopulated in this way.

References[edit]

  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 23” – Norfolk Coast West, King's Lynn & Hunstanton. ISBN 0-319-21725-6
  2. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, page 230 ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b Dictionary of English Place-Names: By A D Mills (Oxford, Oxford University Press) ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9