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All Saints', Necton
Necton is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area15.48 km2 (5.98 sq mi)
Population1,923 UK census 2011[1]
• Density124/km2 (320/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF878094
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSwaffham
Postcode districtPE37
Dialling code01760
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°39′00″N 0°46′30″E / 52.65°N 0.775°E / 52.65; 0.775Coordinates: 52°39′00″N 0°46′30″E / 52.65°N 0.775°E / 52.65; 0.775

Necton is a village situated on a turning off the A47 main road between Swaffham and East Dereham in the Breckland district of mid-Norfolk. As at the 2001 census it has a population of 1,865 residents and an area of 15.48 km2 (5.98 sq mi),[2] increasing to a population of 1,923 at the 2011 Census. It has a number of facilities including a primary school, playing field, social club, pub, post office a shop, a butchers and a Co-op and fuel station at the top of the village along the A47.

The place-name 'Necton' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Nechetuna and Neketuna. The name means 'town or settlement by a neck of land'. (Necton is situated at the foot of a ridge.)[3]

All Saints tower, Necton - without the clock, sent for repairs (2022)

All Saints' church, dating from the 14th century, although its tower was rebuilt in the 19th century, is at the centre of the village in the Benefice of Necton. It is a grade I listed building.[4] One of its main attractions is the hammerbeam and archbraced nave roof with its carved angels.[5]

The angel roof at All Saints

In the churchyard is a 14th-century grade II* listed table tomb reputed to be that of the Countess of Warwick.[6]

14th century table tomb

There is an old mill dating back to 1782 that was in full working order until the 1960s.[7] Necton tower mill had been converted into a single-storey dwelling with a flat roof by 1970, and it is presently a retail facility.

Necton Diner was a filming location for the locally-set film The Goob (2014).[8]

An electricity substation planned in the parish is seen as vital to the harnessing of offshore wind-generated power, connecting turbines in the North Sea to the National Grid. See:

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.337.
  4. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS (1152204)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  5. ^ "All-Saints, Necton". Exploring Norfolk Churches. Retrieved 21 March 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Historic England. "TABLE TOMB APPROXIMATELY 14 METRES SOUTH OF AISLE OF CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS (1077228)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Norfolk Mills Necton tower". Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  8. ^ Russell, Sam (28 May 2015). "Norfolk-shot film The Goob gets Norwich premiere at Cinema City". EDP. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  9. ^ RA News: Nathan Fake enters his Steam Days Retrieved 2016-10-16.