Terrington St Clement
|Terrington St Clement|
Terrington Parish Church
|Area||45.38 km2 (17.52 sq mi)|
|• Density||91/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||KING'S LYNN|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Terrington St Clement is a large village in Norfolk, England, UK. It is situated in the drained marshlands to the south of the Wash, 7 miles west of King's Lynn, Norfolk, and 5 miles east of Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, on the old route of the A17 trunk road. The parish covers an area of 17.52 square miles (45.4 km2). Much of the farmland is of alluvial silt and clay which has been reclaimed from the sea amounting to approximately half of the total parish area.
The population of Terrington St Clement has grown substantially. In area it is the third largest civil parish in Norfolk.
Terrington St Clement has a wide selection of amenities, including a supermarket, farm shop, two doctor's surgeries, a post office, newsagent's, baker's, fish & chip shop, Chinese takeaway, hairdresser's and an estate agent in addition to the well-known Marshland Stores, a traditional hardware store with a very large range of products. It also has a village hall, scout hut and two pubs, the King William and the Wildfowler, both of which serve food.
Terrington St Clement has state run primary and secondary schools. St Clement's High School was the centre of some press attention, firstly when its erstwhile head, Richard Wealthall, was singled out for praise and a visit from Prime Minister Tony Blair, and again subsequently when Mr Wealthall was found to have been guilty of bullying and nepotism. The primary school also attracted some unwanted press attention when it was placed into special measures in 2007 by Ofsted. However, the most recent report from 10 and 11 March 2011 described the school as a 'good' school with 6 'outstanding' features. This report can be viewed from the school's website: http://www.terrington-st-clement.norfolk.sch.uk
In AD 970 Godric gifted part of the lands of Turrintonea to the monks of Ramsey Abbey. The name Terrington comes from the early Saxon “Tun” meaning enclosure or homestead of Tir(a)s people. The settlement is referred to in the Domesday Book as Tilinghetuna.
By the medieval period the small settlement which began on raised ground on the edge of the marsh had grown substantially. The magnificent parish church, dedicated to St Clement (i.e. Pope Clement I), known as the "Cathedral of the Marshland", was built in the 14th century by Edmund Gonville, Rector of Terrington, who founded Gonville Hall (now Gonville and Caius College) at Cambridge University.
Methodists arrived in the village in 1813 and during the Victorian era the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel  and Primitive Methodist Chapel were established along with a Salvation Army headquarters and 3 other mission chapels. A lively shopping centre had developed by the beginning of the 20th century, but most of the independent traders have now disappeared, along with all but two of the village's pubs.
There was once a railway station serving the settlement, but this is now closed.
- Edmund Gonville, rector of the parish, 1342–51.
- John Colton (died 1404), Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh.
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