Ridlington, Norfolk

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Ridlington village sign, 25th March 2005.JPG
The Village sign
Ridlington is located in Norfolk
Ridlington shown within Norfolk
Population 298 (parish, 2001 census)
• London 138 miles (222 km)
Civil parish
  • Witton CP
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NR28
Dialling code 01692
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°49′34″N 1°28′54″E / 52.82605°N 1.4817°E / 52.82605; 1.4817Coordinates: 52°49′34″N 1°28′54″E / 52.82605°N 1.4817°E / 52.82605; 1.4817

Ridlington is a village within the civil parish of Witton in the English county of Norfolk[1] The village is 19.7 miles (31.7 km) north-east of Norwich, 13 miles (21 km) south east of Cromer and 138 miles (222 km) north-east of London. The village lies 4.6 miles (7.4 km) east of the town of North Walsham.The nearest railway station is at North Walsham for the Bittern Line which runs between Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. The Village as part of the greater parish of Witton had in the 2001 census, a population of 298. For the purposes of local government, the village falls within the district of North Norfolk.


The village of Ridlington is in the eastern part of the large parish of Witton. The parish of Witton has an area of 972 hectares of which the village is part of. The name Ridlington is thought to derive from the Old English for Hrethel’s people’s enclosure.[2] The village is surrounded by land largely in arable use. Many of the fields were owned by a single landowner, John Owles.

The Domesday Book[edit]

Ridlington has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085 where its population, land ownership and productive resources were extensively detailed along with the other settlement of Witton[3] In the survey Ridlington is recorded by the name of Ridlinketuna. The main tenants being Ranulf brother of Ilger. The survey also indicate the presence of a priest in Witton. Despite the evidence for Saxon activity in Witton, the settlement does not appear to have been particularly populous or valuable, and Ridlington even less so. Despite the mention of a priest, there is no listing or a church or chapel in the settlements.



  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 252 - Norfolk Coast East. ISBN 978-0-319-23815-8.
  2. ^ A Popular Guide to Norfolk Place-names: by James Rye: Published by Larks press, Dereham, Norfolk, 2000 ; ISBN 0-948400-15-3
  3. ^ The Domesday Book, England's Heritage, Then and Now, (Editor: Thomas Hinde), Norfolk, page 192, Ridlington, ISBN 1-85833-440-3

External links[edit]

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