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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 and a shop.

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' church is at the centre of the village in the Benefice of Necton. It is a grade I listed building.[4] In the churchyard is a 14th-century grade II* listed table tomb reputed to be that of the Countess of Warwick.[5]

There is an old mill dating back to 1782 that was in full working order until the 1960s.[6] 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).[7]

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. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Norfolk Mills Necton tower". Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  7. ^ Russell, Sam (28 May 2015). "Norfolk-shot film The Goob gets Norwich premiere at Cinema City". EDP. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  8. ^ RA News: Nathan Fake enters his Steam Days Retrieved 2016-10-16.