Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby

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Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby
Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby is located in Norfolk
Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby
Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby
Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby shown within Norfolk
Area7.32 km2 (2.83 sq mi)
Population3,974 (2011)
• Density543/km2 (1,410/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG 494 148
Civil parish
  • Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNR29
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°40′29″N 1°41′51″E / 52.674613°N 1.697474°E / 52.674613; 1.697474Coordinates: 52°40′29″N 1°41′51″E / 52.674613°N 1.697474°E / 52.674613; 1.697474

Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is made up of the inland village of Ormesby St Margaret and the adjacent seaside resorts of Scratby and California. The villages are some 1.2 mi (1.9 km) apart, and they are situated about 6.2 mi (10.0 km) north of the town of Great Yarmouth and 19 mi (31 km) east of the city of Norwich.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 4.5 mi (7.2 km) and in the 2001 census had a population of 4,021 in 1,680 households, the population reducing to 3,974 at the 2011 Census.[2] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Great Yarmouth.[3]

Ormesby St Margaret is separate from the village of Ormesby St Michael, which lies some 2 mi (3.2 km) to the west.

Great Ormesby railway station was once located here on the line between Great Yarmouth and Melton Constable. It is now closed.

California owes its name to the discovery of some 16th-century gold coins on the beach in 1848, at a time when the California gold rush had captured the attention of the world.[4] The 1940s Home front museum Blitz and Pieces is based in the parish.


An electoral ward in the name of Ormesby exists. This ward includes Ormesby St Michael and had a total population at the 2011 Census of 4,268.[5]

Parish Church[edit]

The Parish Church

The Parish Church dates back to the 14th century. It is said that Alice Clere (d. 1 November 1538) made sure that the church tower was completed, as the workmen had taken far too long. Alice Clere, the daughter of Sir William Boleyn of Blickling, was an aunt of Queen Anne Boleyn.[6] Vide: interior and exterior photographs available through external links.

Scratby Hall[edit]

Scratby Hall

Scratby Hall, the country house of John Ramey, was occupied by his daughter, the Dowager Countess of Home, until her death in 1814. The house was originally built by John Fisher, Esq.[7] John Ramey, Esq., an attorney, then barrister, retired to Scratby Hall, where he died in 1796.[8] He let a house in Scratby to the diarist Sylas Neville between 1769 and 1772, who describes his encounters with local society including John Ramey. [9] From 1949 to the mid-1980s, the home and estate served as Duncan Hall School.[10] In 1989, a fire damaged 40% of the 11 bedroom country house.[11]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Thomas Webster[12] (1631–1715), who was born in Ormesby St. Margaret and eventually settled in New Hampshire, was the great-great-grandfather of the prominent 19th century American politician Daniel Webster.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish 2011". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
  4. ^ FleggIsland.co.uk (2005). The Flegg Villages. Retrieved January 22, 2005.
  5. ^ "Ormesby ward population 2011". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  6. ^ A Brief Guide to the Parish Church of Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby Jan Howard, 1993. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  7. ^ The Perlustration of Great Yarmouth with Gorleston and Southtown, Charles Palmer, 1872, page 371.
  8. ^ Sepulchral Reminiscences of a Market Town, as afforded by a List of the Interments within the walls of the Parish Church of St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth. Dawson Turner, 1848, page 68.
  9. ^ Cozens-Hardy, B.: The Diary of Sylas Neville; Oxford University Press, 1950; pp.74.
  10. ^ A G Overill, Secretary, Old Duncanians Association, Great Yarmouth Mercury, 2009-08-20.
  11. ^ Old School Ablaze, Great Yarmouth Mercury, 1989-11-24.
  12. ^ "Family History and Genealogy Records". FamilySearch.org. Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2009-08-05.

External links[edit]

External links[edit]

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