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St Margaret, Starston
Starston is located in Norfolk
Starston shown within Norfolk
Area 9.02 km2 (3.48 sq mi)
Population 331 (2011)
• Density 37/km2 (96/sq mi)
OS grid reference TM234844
Civil parish
  • Starston
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district IP20
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°24′46″N 1°17′02″E / 52.412681°N 1.284027°E / 52.412681; 1.284027Coordinates: 52°24′46″N 1°17′02″E / 52.412681°N 1.284027°E / 52.412681; 1.284027

Starston is a small village in Norfolk. It covers an area of 9.02 km2 (3.48 sq mi) and had a population of 321 in 123 households at the 2001 census,[1] the population increasing to 331 at the 2011 Census.[2]

The Starston sign features a wind pump that was used to transport water from the Beck river up to Starston Place, which was demolished during the early 1900s. The wind pump can still be seen from the roadside.

Between 1856 and 1866, it had its own railway station on the Waveney Valley Line before it was shut to passenger trains through lack of usage. Freight and passenger through trains continued until the Beeching axe fell in the 1960s.

The village had a pub called "The Gate" until the 1950s. This was turned into a shop, which closed in 1984. The pub sign still exists and is owned by local residents. The village school closed in 1968. Most village children now attend schools in the town of Harleston, about 1 mile (1.6 km) away.

In 2010, Starston villagers purchased Glebe Meadow in the heart of the village and converted it into a public space with attractive views of the church.

David Knopfler of Dire Straits was once a resident of Starston.

Village Magazine[edit]

The village publishes a monthly magazine called "The Pigeon Post".


  1. ^ "Starston parish information". South Norfolk Council. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 4 September 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Starston at Wikimedia Commons