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Poringland All Saints
Poringland is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area6.32 km2 (2.44 sq mi)
• Density602/km2 (1,560/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG271016
Civil parish
  • Poringland
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORWICH
Postcode districtNR14
Dialling code01508
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°33′56″N 1°21′01″E / 52.56552°N 1.35031°E / 52.56552; 1.35031Coordinates: 52°33′56″N 1°21′01″E / 52.56552°N 1.35031°E / 52.56552; 1.35031

Poringland is a village in the district of South Norfolk, England. It lies 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Norwich city centre and 10 miles (16 km) north of Bungay. Its population has rapidly grown in the past 50 years.[1] It covers an area of 6.32 km2 (2.44 sq mi) and had a population of 3,261 living in 1,403 households at the 2001 census,[2] the population increasing to 3,802 at the 2011 Census.[3]

Poringland was previously also known as both East Poringland and Great Poringland, and was part of the ancient Hundred of Henstead.[4] The place-name 'Poringland' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as 'Porringhelanda', the meaning of which is uncertain. Some believe the name derives from 'Poor spring land', because it has poor soil, containing much clay.

This village contains many public services. These include two pubs, a supermarket, estate agents, takeaways, a restaurant and various shops.

The church of Poringland All Saints[5] is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk.

The village sign, which stands close to the church and the village pond, depicts the artist John Crome, founder of the Norwich School of artists, working on his famous painting 'The Poringland Oak'. Cromes Oak Close in the village is named after the artist. Many of Crome's paintings are available to view at the Norwich Castle Museum. The original of the Poringland Oak hangs in Room 7 at Tate Britain.

The village of Framingham Earl which borders Poringland, contains the local High School. The River Chet (Norfolk) rises in Poringland.

The German writer W.G. Sebald lived in Poringland until his death in a car crash in 2001. A former Norwich City and Scotland international footballer Robert Fleck also lived in Poringland. Ronan Parke, runner-up of Britain's Got Talent in 2011, also resides in the village. As does former Norwich City and Everton manager, Mike Walker.


Poringland is part of the electoral ward called Poringland with the Framinghams. The population as of the 2011 census was 4,826.[6]


  1. ^ "The housing challenge". BBC. 20 November 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Poringland parish information". South Norfolk Council. 23 March 2009. Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel A. "A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848)". British History Online.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Poringland with the Framinghams ward population 2011". Retrieved 8 September 2015.

External links[edit]

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