Ovington, Norfolk

Coordinates: 52°35′10″N 0°50′24″E / 52.58621°N 0.84011°E / 52.58621; 0.84011
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John the Evangelist, Ovington
Ovington is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area6.44 km2 (2.49 sq mi)
Population256 (2011)[1]
• Density40/km2 (100/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF925025
Civil parish
  • Ovington
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIP25
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°35′10″N 0°50′24″E / 52.58621°N 0.84011°E / 52.58621; 0.84011

Ovington is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 6.44 km2 (2.49 sq mi) and had a population of 239 in 92 households at the 2001 census,[2] increasing to a population of 256 in 101 households at the 2011 Census. It is in the district of Breckland.

Ovington is represented by the Saham Toney ward of Breckland District Council and the Watton Division of Norfolk County Council.


The village name means 'Farm/settlement connected with Ufa'. Ovington came under Saham at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book but by 1202 was established as a separate manor, held by Roger Bozun. It stayed in the Bozun family until the mid 16th century, and it latterly became the property of the University of Cambridge.[3]

The Church of St John the Evangelist is a Grade II* listed building, dating from about 1300, and restored in 1867.[4] The records of rectors start in 1304.[3]

The former Crown public house[5] and former Methodist Chapel[6] are now private residences.


The long established ladies' group, gardener's and bowls clubs are active in Ovington. More recently an Allotment Association has been formed cultivating land behind the church.[7]


Ovington holds a Christmas Bazaar in the Village Hall and a summer fete in the grounds surrounding the hall.


  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. ^ a b Blomefield, Francis. "Hundred of Wayland: Ovington Pages 296-298 An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 2". British History Online. W Miller, 1805. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  4. ^ "Church of St. John Evangelist A Grade II* Listed Building in Ovington, Norfolk". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Crownleigh A Grade II Listed Building in Ovington, Norfolk". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  6. ^ "Ovington Primitive Methodist Chapel". MyPrimitiveMethodists. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  7. ^ Ovington Allotment Association