Rockland St Mary
|Rockland St Mary|
The Street, Rockland St Mary; looking east from opposite Rockland stores and the Post Office
|Rockland St Mary shown within Norfolk|
|Area||5.50 km2 (2.12 sq mi)|
|• Density||147/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Rockland St Mary is a village in South Norfolk which lies about 6 miles (9½ km) southeast of Norwich between Surlingham, Bramerton, Claxton and Hellington. In the 2001 census it contained 325 households and a population of 824, falling to 810 at the 2011 Census. Although Rockland is part of South Norfolk District, those parts of the village lying adjacent to the river and broads fall under the administration of the Broads Authority. The Street (pictured) runs east to west through the centre of the village.
Rockland St Mary dates back to the Anglo-Saxon period with the village mentioned in the Domesday Book as Rokelunda. The name derives from Old Norse for 'Rook Grove'. In medieval times Norwich was noted for its black-glazed roofing tiles which were made in Rockland and transported by river from the staithe. Although all trace of the tile-making industry has gone Rockland Staithe still exists, providing mooring for pleasure craft opposite The New Inn at the east end of the village. It leads to Rockland Broad which is itself linked to the River Yare by two dykes: the Short Dyke and the Fleet Dyke. The school has occupied the same site since the 1840s, the current buildings date from the 1880s and were built using bricks baked in the village. During World War II a V-2 rocket hit a field near the school. This caused several minor injuries and one major injury. A new extension was opened in September 2004 by MP Richard Bacon, but it was built from Suffolk bricks.
As well as the New Inn, the village contains Rockland Stores and Post Office and a doctors' surgery. Rockland St. Mary Primary School provides education for around 90 children.
The village also has two halls, the Margaret Mac, and the Parish Hall.
St Mary's Church
St Mary's church has a noticeably tapered tower, Tudor windows and a Victorian interior. It also contains a bronze memorial to those who both died and served in World War I. The churchyard supposedly contains the overgrown remains of Rockland St Margaret.
The village is served by bus route 085 via Anglian Bus.
National Cycle Route 1 passes through the east of the village on its route from Norwich via Whitlingham and Surlingham, and out to Loddon and Beccles via Claxton. Long distance footpath, Wherryman's Way lies close to the village
Media related to Rockland St Mary at Wikimedia Commons
- Ordnance Survey Pathfinder (1:25000) map of Rockland St Mary
- 4 mile walk from the EDP
- 6 mile walk from the EDP
- Rockland St Mary parish information [South Norfolk Council]
- "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
- "History | Rockland St Mary". www.rocklandstmary.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
- Discover the Heart of the Broads
- Timeline V2 Attacks http://www.kheichhorn.de/html/body_timeline.html
- Richard Bacon MP - Member of Parliament for South Norfolk
- The village hall Retrieved 23 February 2013
- "Rockland Ward population 2011". Retrieved 9 September 2015.