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All Saints' Church, Shelfhanger
Shelfanger is located in Norfolk
 Shelfanger shown within Norfolk
Area  6.99 km2 (2.70 sq mi)
Population 378 (2011 census)
   – density  54/km2 (140/sq mi)
OS grid reference TM106837
Civil parish Shelfanger
District South Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DISS
Postcode district IP22
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°24′38″N 1°05′48″E / 52.41054°N 1.09678°E / 52.41054; 1.09678

Shelfanger is a village situated about 3 miles from the town of Diss in Norfolk, England. There is a church and a village hall in the village. It covers an area of 6.99 km2 (2.70 sq mi) and had a population of 362 in 150 households at the 2001 census,[1] the population increasing to 378 at the 2011 census.[2]

In years gone by there were a school, a post office, a pub, three shops and a blacksmiths. These have all now been closed down, but there is a garage run by a family of brothers called Bowman. Josh Kirby (died 2001), an artist lived there.


This village has been previously recorded as Scelvangra, Schelfangyll, Shelfangles, Shelfhangre and Shelfhanger, though the significance of its name is largely unknown. In 1603, it had 142 communicants and in 1736 had nearly 40 dwellinghouses, and contained about 200 inhabitants.[3]


  1. ^ "Shelfanger parish information". South Norfolk Council. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish Population 2011". Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Blomefield, Francis (c. 1736). "The Hundred of Diss". History of Norfolk. 1. London (published c. 1806). 

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