Lyng, Norfolk

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The River Wensum at Lyng - - 102690.jpg
The Mill House on the River Wensum at Lyng
Lyng is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
Population807 (2011)
• Density101/km2 (260/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG 068 176
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORWICH
Postcode districtNR9
Dialling code01603
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°43′01″N 1°03′36″E / 52.717°N 1.06°E / 52.717; 1.06Coordinates: 52°43′01″N 1°03′36″E / 52.717°N 1.06°E / 52.717; 1.06

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.[1]

The village's name is likely derived from the Old English wordhlinc', meaning 'bank', 'ledge', or 'terrace'.[2][3]

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 Elmham and Mattishall division of Norfolk County Council and the Upper Wensum ward of Breckland District Council.[4]

St. Margaret's Church and The Fox public house are located closer to the river with Lyng Stores and Tea Room located centrally in the village.


St Margaret's Church

In medieval times, Lyng had two churches. St. Edmund's Chapel was the church of a Benedictine nunnery at Lyng Eastaugh, three quarters of a mile to the south-east of the village.[5] It fell into ruin after being abandoned in the 13th century and all but a small stone pillar has disappeared.[6]

Clergyman and poet Ralph Knevet became rector of Lyng in 1652, and remained there for the rest of his life. He died in 1671 and was buried in the chancel of St. Margaret's Church.[7] Charles Anson was another rector of Lyng from 1794.[8]

The church of St 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 an altar cloth which was made in the 19th century from at least two 15th-century vestments.[9]

Other features[edit]

The Fox at Lyng

Lyng also has a motocross track located to the south of the village called Cadders Hill, run by the Norwich Vikings motorcycle club. The club holds the British Motocross Championship, Eastern Centre Championship, and other events annually. The track is situated in a natural valley with Cadders Hill and the surrounding woodland as its main feature.[citation needed]

Lyng had a mill house on the River Wensum built for milling flour, but later operated for both paper and flour. It ceased working in 1868.[10]

Like many villages in Norfolk, Lyng is surrounded by farmland. In 1999, Greenpeace activists, including The Lord Melchett, destroyed 6 acres of genetically modified maize in Lyng as a form of civil disobedience.[11]


The hamlet of Eastaugh or Easthaugh, often known as Lyng Eastaugh, lies to the south-east of the main village near Weston Longville. It is the site of the ruin of the medieval chapel of St Edmund's.[12]


  1. ^ Great Britain. Ordnance Survey (1999), East Dereham & Aylsham : Castle Acre & Reepham, Southampton, U.K.: Ordnance Survey, ISBN 0-319-21869-4, OCLC 61504634, retrieved 10 October 2022
  2. ^ Mills, A. D. (2003). A dictionary of British place-names. A. D. Mills. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-19-173944-6. OCLC 54381298.
  3. ^ "Key to English Place-names". Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001)". 11 February 2017. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
  5. ^ Pinner, Rebecca (2015). The cult of St Edmund in medieval East Anglia. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. pp. 185–6. ISBN 978-1-78204-533-5. OCLC 914165854.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  6. ^ "MNF3048 - Norfolk Heritage Explorer". Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  7. ^ "Eynford Hundred: Ling | British History Online". Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  8. ^ The gentleman's magazine. (1731). The gentleman's magazine. Volume 97 (Being the Twentieth of a New Series. Part the First.), January - June 1827. Wellcome Library. London : E. Cave.
  9. ^ Parish Summary: Lyng, Norfolk Heritage Explorer. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  10. ^ "Norfolk Mills - Lyng watermill". Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  11. ^ Joyce, Peter (2017). The Policing of Protest, Disorder and International Terrorism in the UK Since 1945. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 115. ISBN 9781137290595.
  12. ^ Ruins of St Edmund's Chapel, Lyng and multi-period finds, Norfolk Heritage Explorer. Retrieved 2018-12-03.

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