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Trunch Village sign 10 Nov 2007 (2).JPG
The village sign
Trunch is located in Norfolk
Trunch shown within Norfolk
Area5.49 km2 (2.12 sq mi)
Population909 (parish, 2011 census)
• Density166/km2 (430/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG2834
• London134
Civil parish
  • Trunch
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNR28
Dialling code01263
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°52′N 1°23′E / 52.86°N 1.39°E / 52.86; 1.39Coordinates: 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]

In popular culture[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.



  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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