Roughton, Norfolk

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The Parish Church
Roughton is located in Norfolk
Roughton shown within Norfolk
Area 7.23 km2 (2.79 sq mi)
Population 934 (parish, 2011 census)[1]
• Density 129/km2 (330/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG220320
• London 134 miles (216 km)
Civil parish
  • Roughton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR11
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°52′57″N 1°17′53″E / 52.8824°N 01.29803°E / 52.8824; 01.29803Coordinates: 52°52′57″N 1°17′53″E / 52.8824°N 01.29803°E / 52.8824; 01.29803

Roughton is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is 3.7 miles (6.0 km) south of Cromer, 19.6 miles (31.5 km) north of Norwich and 6.5 miles (10.5 km) north-west of North Walsham. It straddles the A140 between Cromer and Norwich and the B1463.

The village today[edit]

Facilities in the village include a church, primary school, public house, village hall, fish and chip shop, play area, garage, windmill and fishing lake.[2]

The Parish Church[edit]

Roughton church, St Mary's, is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. The tower is believed to be of Saxon origin and much of the main body of the building is Victorian.[2]

The Einstein connection[edit]

The New Inn public house, Roughton

In September 1933, Albert Einstein was brought to live in a small hut on Roughton Heath after fleeing Nazi Germany. Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson MP offered Einstein a refuge in Norfolk before he travelled to the United States. While here, he was sculpted by Jacob Epstein.[3] A blue plaque commemorating Einstein's stay can be found at the entrance of the New Inn public house in the village.[4] On 7 October 1933, he set sail from Southampton, for a new life in the United States and never returned to Europe.[5]

Einstein’s visit inspired several works, including Mark Burgess’s radio play Einstein in Cromer, Philip Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach, and a song of the same name by Counting Crows.[5]

Disappearance of April Fabb[edit]

The schoolgirl April Fabb was cycling from Metton to visit her sister in Roughton when she disappeared without trace on 8 April 1969.[6]

Public transport[edit]

The nearest railway station is at Roughton Road for the Bittern Line, which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. Sanders provide a regular bus services to Norwich, Sheringham, Cromer and Holt.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Village website Retrieved 11 January 2014
  3. ^ BBC Norfolk: Albert Einstein seeks sanctuary in Norfolk
  4. ^ Einstein blue plaque Retrieved 11 January 2013
  5. ^ a b Einstein on the beach by Alison Boyle, Curator of Astronomy and Modern Physics Science Museum , London, 17 August 2010 , Accessed 31 August 2012
  6. ^ April Fabb Retrieved 18 March 2012

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