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St. John's church
Oxborough is located in Norfolk
Oxborough shown within Norfolk
Area 13.24 km2 (5.11 sq mi)
Population 228 (2011)[1]
• Density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
OS grid reference TF742012
Civil parish
  • Oxborough
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KING'S LYNN
Postcode district PE33
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
NorfolkCoordinates: 52°34′53″N 0°34′15″E / 52.5814°N 0.5708°E / 52.5814; 0.5708

Oxborough is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 13.024 km2 (5.029 sq mi) and had a population of 240 in 106 households in the 2001 census,[2] reducing to a population of 228 in 111 households at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Breckland.

Oxborough is famous for its church, and the manor house Oxburgh Hall. The Oxborough dirk, a Bronze Age ceremonial oversize dagger was discovered nearby in 1988. It was acquired for the nation and is now on display in the British Museum.[3]

St. John's church[edit]

In 1948, the tower and spire of St. Johns collapsed onto the church below, destroying the south side of the nave. This was due to the weight of the bells, coupled with high winds. The south chapel contains a rare terracotta tomb, which was undamaged in the collapse. This tomb is unique in England, and is evidence of the Roman Catholicism of the Bedingfeld family.

Oxburgh Hall[edit]

Main article: Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall is the ancient ancestral home of the Bedingfeld family, and is now owned by the National Trust.


  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. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. ^ "British Museum - Ceremonial bronze dirk". britishmuseum.org. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 

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