Quarles, Norfolk

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Quarles Hamlet.jpg
Entrance to the hamlet of Quarles in Norfolk
Quarles is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
OS grid referenceTF883387
• London122 miles (196 km)
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNR23
Dialling code01328
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°54′47″N 0°47′54″E / 52.913012°N 0.798424°E / 52.913012; 0.798424Coordinates: 52°54′47″N 0°47′54″E / 52.913012°N 0.798424°E / 52.913012; 0.798424

Quarles is a hamlet and former civil parish, now within the civil parish of Holkham in the English county of Norfolk.[1] The hamlet is 4 miles (6.4 km) south-west of Wells-next-the-Sea, 34 miles (55 km) north-west of Norwich and 122 miles (196 km) north-north-east of London. The nearest railway station is Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk. The hamlet is just south of the Holkham Estate and consists of six houses and one farm. In 1931 the civil parish had a population of 38.[2]


The name Quarles originates from the name Huerueles which is old English for the place of hwerfel The name is thought to originally referred to a prehistoric stone circle which was thought to be near-by although no trace of any such feature remains today.

Quarles has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085.[3] In the great book Quarles is recorded by the names Gueruelei, and Huerueles. The manor is Kings Land and the main landholders being Roger Bigot, with his main tenant being Thurston Fitzguy.

Quarles remained a separate civil parish until 1935, when it was merged into Great Walsingham, before being transferred to Holkham in 1947.[4]


  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 24 – Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4
  2. ^ "Population Statistics Quarles ExP/AP/CP through time". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde, Norfolk page 192, Quarles, ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  4. ^ Vision of Britain