Entrance to the hamlet of Quarles in Norfolk
|Quarles shown within Norfolk|
|Population||236 (parish, 2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||122 miles (196 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Quarles is a hamlet within the civil parish of Holkham in the English county of Norfolk. The hamlet is 4 miles (6.4 km) miles south west of Wells next the Sea, 34 miles (55 km) miles north west of Norwich and 122 miles (196 km) miles 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. The parish of Holkham, in which Quarles is situated, had in 2001 census, a population of 236. 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.
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. 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.