South Acre

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South Acre
South Acre is located in Norfolk
South Acre
South Acre
Location within Norfolk
Area7.91 km2 (3.05 sq mi)
Population115 (2011)[1]
• Density15/km2 (39/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF 809 143
Civil parish
  • South Acre
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE32
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°41′46″N 0°40′32″E / 52.69615°N 0.67555°E / 52.69615; 0.67555Coordinates: 52°41′46″N 0°40′32″E / 52.69615°N 0.67555°E / 52.69615; 0.67555

South Acre is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village has almost disappeared, but the remnants are located about 1 km (0.62 mi) south-west of Castle Acre, 8 km (5.0 mi) north of the town of Swaffham, 20 km (12 mi) east of the town of King's Lynn and 50 km (31 mi) west of the city of Norwich. The River Nar flows between South Acre and Castle Acre.[2]

The villages name means 'cultivated land'. 'South' to distinguish from Castle Acre.[citation needed]

In 1441 the village was the scene of the attempted murder of an important member of the local gentry, Sir Geoffrey Harsyk.[3] A gang of local yeomen and labourers occupied the main road, preventing passage along it, singing "we are Robbynhodesmen, war war war". This was a direct reference to the legends of Robin Hood that were particularly popular in Norfolk in the fifteenth century,[4] and, indeed, it is probable that events such as this fed directly into later versions of the tales.[5]

The civil parish has an area of 10.15 km2 (3.92 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 32 in 13 households, at the 2011 Census Narford was included and the population increased to 115 in 47 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.[6]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 236 - King's Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 0-319-21867-8.
  3. ^ Kenneth Hodges (1999). Martial arts: Malory's Morte Darthur and late medieval chivalry. University of Michigan. p. 62.
  4. ^ David Baldwin (2011). Robin Hood: The English Outlaw Unmasked. Amberley. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-4456-0281-3.
  5. ^ Mark Truesdale (29 January 2018). The King and Commoner Tradition: Carnivalesque Politics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. Taylor & Francis. pp. 167–. ISBN 978-1-351-10667-2.
  6. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2 December 2005.

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