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Trunch Village sign 10 Nov 2007 (2).JPG
The village sign
Trunch is located in Norfolk
 Trunch shown within Norfolk
Area  5.49 km2 (2.12 sq mi)
Population 909 (parish, 2011 census)
   – density  166/km2 (430/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG2834
   – London  134 
Civil parish Trunch
District North Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NR28
Dialling code 01263
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North Norfolk
List of places

Coordinates: 52°52′N 1°23′E / 52.86°N 1.39°E / 52.86; 1.39

Trunch is a village and parish in Norfolk, England,[1] situated three miles north of North Walsham and two miles from the coast at Mundesley. At the Census 2011 the village had a population of 909.[2] The parish covers an area of 5.5 square kilometres (2.1 sq mi).

St. Botolph's Parish Church[edit]

Trunch Parish Church is the Grade I listed[3] 14th-century church of St Botolph.[4] The church is famous for its carved and painted wood font canopy featuring lower panels with paintings of the twelve Apostles, a cornice including a Latin inscription, and above six arches filled with tracery.[5] Only four such canopies still exist in England.[citation needed] St Botolph's also features a hammerbeam roof with carved angels, as well as medieval misericords under the seats in the chancel. Another medieval survival is the rood screen depicting 11 disciples and St Paul (their faces were scratched out during the Reformation). Lord Nelson's daughter is said to have been married in the church.

In 1589 Robert Thexton became the rector of Trunch. While at Cambridge University, Thexton had been the room-mate of Christopher Marlowe the famous, and infamous, Elizabethan playwright.[6]

Sid Kipper[edit]

The fictional village of St. Just-near-Trunch is known in English folk music as the home of the former satirical folk duo, the Kipper Family, comprising the decrepit and cantankerous Albert and his wide-boy son, Sid. For many years, the Kippers enjoyed sensational success on the club and festival circuit with their hilarious parodies of popular traditional songs, broad Norfolk accents and mischievous humour. Albert was eventually 'killed off', leaving Sid, the creation of actor Chris Sugden, to pursue a long and creative solo career. The Kippers recorded several albums that are widely regarded as classics among folk music cognoscenti.



  1. ^ Norfolk Coast East. Ordnance Survey. 2008. ISBN 978-0319467268. 
  2. ^ "Trunch (Norfolk)". City Population. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (224309)". Images of England. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "St Boltoph, Trunch". Norfolk Churches. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  5. ^ WIlson, Bill (1997). Norfolk 1: Norwich and North East. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300096070. 
  6. ^ Riggs, David (2004). The World of Christopher Marlowe. Henry Holt and Co. p. 67. ISBN 9780805077551. 

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