Titchwell

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Titchwell
UK Titchwell.jpg
Signpost in Titchwell
Titchwell is located in Norfolk
Titchwell
Titchwell
Titchwell shown within Norfolk
Area 6.46 km2 (2.49 sq mi)
OS grid reference TF 760 437
Civil parish
  • Titchwell
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KING'S LYNN
Postcode district PE31
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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52°57′42″N 0°37′08″E / 52.96178°N 0.61896°E / 52.96178; 0.61896Coordinates: 52°57′42″N 0°37′08″E / 52.96178°N 0.61896°E / 52.96178; 0.61896

Titchwell is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the north Norfolk coast some 2 km (1.2 mi) west of the village of Brancaster, 9 km (5.6 mi) north-east of the seaside resort of Hunstanton, 30 km (19 mi) north of the town of King's Lynn and 70 km (43 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich.[1]

Titchwell St. Mary

The civil parish has an area of 6.46 km2 (2.49 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 91 in 47 households. At the 2011 Census the population remained less than 100 and is included in the civil parish of Thornham. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.[2]

The village is renowned for its RSPB reserve at Titchwell Marsh, an area of salt and freshwater marsh that extends along the coast towards Brancaster. It also has a Norman Church with an unusual spire.

There is a small nature reserve on the site of a former chalk pit, which is believed to have first been used in Roman times. In 1786, under the Inclosure Act of 1773, the land came into ownership of Titchwell Parish. After all the chalk had been removed, the land became a rubbish dump, which was soon closed following public outcry. Local farmers and Norfolk County Council then tidied the pit and planted trees and shrubs, creating a mini-reserve.[3]

Titchwell used to have two pubs, but one of them, "The Three Horseshoes" has now been converted into apartments for the use of holidaymakers and investors. The village also has an obelisk at its centre, which would have been a marker point and meeting place for travellers and pilgrims.

The parish church, dedicated to St. Mary, is one of the 124 round-tower churches in Norfolk.

It also has two hotels, Briarfields and Titchwell Manor.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 250 - Norfolk Coast West. ISBN 0-319-21886-4.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
  3. ^ Titchwell Chalk Pit (Plaque outside former chalk-pit)

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