Coordinates: 52°46′12″N 1°30′40″E / 52.770°N 1.511°E / 52.770; 1.511
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Stalham Town Hall
Stalham is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area2.82 sq mi (7.3 km2)
Population3,149 (2011)
• Density1,117/sq mi (431/km2)
OS grid referenceTG3725
Civil parish
  • Stalham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORWICH
Postcode districtNR12
Dialling code01692
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°46′12″N 1°30′40″E / 52.770°N 1.511°E / 52.770; 1.511

Stalham is a market town and civil parish on the River Ant in the English county of Norfolk, in East Anglia. It covers an area of 2.82 sq mi (7.3 km2) and had a population of 2,951 in 1,333 households at the 2001 census,[1] the population increasing to 3,149 at the 2011 Census.[2] It lies within the Norfolk Broads, about 15 miles (24 km) north-east of Norwich on the A149 road. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of North Norfolk. The parts of the parish lying adjacent to the river fall into the executive area of the Broads Authority.

The town's name probably means, "fish pool homestead/village" but perhaps, "hemmed-in land with a fish pool".

Stalham was served by a railway station until it was closed in 1959. The nearest railway station is now Worstead.

Through the 1960s Stalham's economy sank from a reduction of the agricultural labour force as a result of improvements in agricultural technology. Beginning in the 1970s, though, housing developments attracted people who took up residence in Stalham but worked elsewhere.

The Museum of the Broads moved to Stalham in 2000 and is situated on Stalham Staithe. It "aims to bring the history of the Broads alive for locals and visitors to Norfolk" and is open to the public throughout the summer.[3]

In 2002 Tesco built a supermarket in Stalham, with considerable controversy, with many residents fearing that it would "kill the high street".[4] Despite this, the High Street contains a wide range of independent traders.


Stalham is part of the electoral ward of Stalham and Sutton. The total population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 4,312.[5]

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  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Home page of the Museum of the Broads". The Museum of the Broads.
  4. ^ Tesco every little hurts
  5. ^ "Stalham and Sutton Ward population 2011". Retrieved 2 September 2015.