Norton, Suffolk

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Norton Church and Rectory
Norton is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population1,003 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP31
Dialling code01359
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°15′00″N 0°52′01″E / 52.25°N 0.867°E / 52.25; 0.867Coordinates: 52°15′00″N 0°52′01″E / 52.25°N 0.867°E / 52.25; 0.867

Norton is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of the English county of Suffolk. The name Norton means northern town or farm.[2] Located close to the A14, its nearest railway station is at Elmswell, just over 3 miles (5 km) away. The closest towns are Stowmarket 8 miles (13 km) away and Bury St Edmunds, around 10 miles (16 km) away.


The village once formed part of Blackbourn Hundred, which appears in the Domesday Book.[3] Its agricultural past is reflected in the number of listed buildings in the village today that are former barns, stables and cartlodges.[4] An 1870s gazetteer of Britain describes the parish as comprising 2,449 acres and having a population of 948. It also mentions it as a meet for the Suffolk fox hounds.[5]

View to Norton pub

The village today[edit]

Today the village has a population of around 800.[6] Community facilities include a Greene King pub called "The Norton Dog" and a village shop located in the Total service station on Woolpit Road.[7] A mobile Post Office is located next to the village hall every weekday afternoon.

Norton has a pre-school next to the village hall and a Church of England voluntary primary school, with children generally moving on to middle school in the nearby communities of Ixworth and Beyton. Secondary education is provided at Thurston Community College.[8][9]

The community is served by three churches, with a Baptist church and Salvation Army citadel on Woolpit Road. The Medieval Church of St Andrew at Norton, located some way from the centre of the village, contains a collection of eight 14th century misericords and is believed to stand on the site of a Saxon church.[10][11]

Norton is served with a bus service to Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket which operates on a daily basis.


  1. ^ Civil Parish population 2011, Neighbourhood Statistics, Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  2. ^ Norton Village website. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  3. ^ "Norton 1865". History of Suffolk. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  4. ^ Norton, Suffolk, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  5. ^ "History of Norton in Mid Suffolk | Map and description". Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Norton Map - Street and Road Maps of Suffolk England UK". Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  7. ^ Norton Dog, The Suffolk Real Ale Guide, CAMRA. Retrieved 2013-02-01./
  8. ^ "Norton Pre-School Suffolk. About Us". Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Norton CEVC Primary School – Welcome". Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Norton". Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  11. ^ A Church Near You. "Norton, St Andrew, Norton - Suffolk | Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich". Retrieved 20 February 2013.

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