The Mill House on the River Wensum at Lyng
|Lyng shown within Norfolk|
|Area||7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi)|
|• Density||101/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Lyng is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the River Wensum, some 10 km (6.2 mi) north-east of the town of East Dereham and 20 km (12 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich.
The civil parish has an area of 7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi) and in the 2011 census had a population of 807 in 356 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.
St. Margaret's Church and The Fox (local public house) are located closer to the river with the shop[clarification needed] located centrally in the village.
In medieval times Lyng had two churches. The Church of St. Edmund was the church of the nearby Benedictine monastery. It fell into ruin when disused after being abandoned in the 12th century all but a small stone pillar has disappeared. The church of Saint Margaret is still in use today and has regular services operated by the Church Of England.
Externally, the church appears to be 17th to 18th century, due to a large renovation that took place around that time. The nave dates from the 15th century, when it was most probably enlarged from the original medieval church which stood there.
Lyng St Margaret also houses a very historic artifact of an altar cloth which was made in the 19th century from at least two vestments from the 15th century.
Lyng also has a Motocross track which holds the British Motocross Championship annually. The track is located to the south of the village.
The hamlet of Lyng Eastaugh lies to the east of the main village near Weston Longville. It houses the ruins of a nunnery called St. Edmund's Chapel. The settlement was dissolved in 1176 when the nunnery moved to St. George's Nunnery, Thetford.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
- ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 238 - East Dereham & Aylsham. ISBN 0-319-21869-4.
- ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
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