Quidenham

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Quidenham
St Andrew's church - geograph.org.uk - 1399563.jpg
Quidenham St Andrew
Quidenham is located in Norfolk
Quidenham
Quidenham
 Quidenham shown within Norfolk
Area  22.51 km2 (8.69 sq mi)
Population 576 
   – density  26/km2 (67/sq mi)
OS grid reference TM 027 878
Civil parish Quidenham
District Breckland
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR16
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk

Coordinates: 52°27′02″N 0°58′53″E / 52.45054°N 0.98150°E / 52.45054; 0.98150

Quidenham is a small rural village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 22.51 km2 (8.69 sq mi) and had a population of 576 in 183 households at the 2001 census.[1] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Breckland.

It is situated 10 miles (16 km) north-east of the town of Thetford and 24 miles (39 km) south-west of the city of Norwich.[2]

The place-name 'Quidenham' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as 'Cuidenham', and means 'Cwida's ham or village'. The name 'Cwida' corresponds to the Old High German name 'Quito'.[3]

There is a local tradition that Queen Boudica or Boadicea is buried in Quidenham. Quidenham Hall is now a Carmelite nunnery and hospice for sick children.[4]

The church of Quidenham St Andrew is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk.

Quidenham is also the location of the annual music festival Play Fest.

Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit is partially located in Quidenham parish, albeit 2 miles (3.2 km) to the north-west of the village. Eccles Road railway station, on the Breckland Line between Cambridge and Norwich, is a similar distance to the north of the village.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 230 - Diss & Harleston. ISBN 0-319-21862-7.
  3. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.377.
  4. ^ "Quidenham in History". Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

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