Upper Sheringham

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Upper Sheringham
All Saints Upper Sheringham.JPG
All Saints church
Upper Sheringham is located in Norfolk
Upper Sheringham
Upper Sheringham
Location within Norfolk
Area6.19 km2 (2.39 sq mi)
Population209 (parish, 2011 census)
• Density34/km2 (88/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG1441
• London132 miles (212 km)
Civil parish
  • Upper Sheringham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNR26
Dialling code01263
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°55′53″N 1°11′23″E / 52.93141°N 1.18966°E / 52.93141; 1.18966Coordinates: 52°55′53″N 1°11′23″E / 52.93141°N 1.18966°E / 52.93141; 1.18966

Upper Sheringham is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[1] The village is 26.8 miles (43.1 km) north-north-west of Norwich, 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Cromer and 132 miles (212 km) north-north-east of London. The village is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the town of Sheringham. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. Nearby road connections are the A149 [2] King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth road to the north of the village and the A148 King's Lynn to Cromer road just to the south. The parish of Upper Sheringham in the 2001 census, a population of 214, reducing slightly to 209 at the 2011 Census.[3] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.


The name Sheringham is of Scandinavian origin and has the meaning The Ham of Scira’s people.[4] It is thought that Scira may have been a Viking warlord who was given the land as a reward for his performance in battle. The village is located a little south west on higher ground above the town of Sheringham. The village is bound to the west by the National Trust property of Sheringham Hall and its estate. To the south is the hill line known as the Cromer Ridge. The village is known locally as "Upper Town" as compared to the town of Sheringham (town) itself.

All Saint's Church[edit]

The parish church is famous for a 15th-century bench ends including one, just inside the north door of a mermaid Popular legend has it that the mermaid sought refuge in the church from a storm at sea. There is also an infant wrapped in swaddling bands. The church also retains the floor and front parapet of the rood loft described as "the best survival of its kind in all East Anglia's 1200-odd medieval churches."[5]


  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 252 - Norfolk Coast East. ISBN 978-0-319-23815-8.
  2. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, page 228 ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  4. ^ The Divided Village, By Peter Cox: Courtyard Publishing: ISBN 0-9524810-5-7
  5. ^ [1]