Walpole, Norfolk

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St Peter's Church, Walpole
Walpole is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area19.27 km2 (7.44 sq mi)
Population1,804 (2011)
• Density94/km2 (240/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF497169
Civil parish
  • Walpole
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWISBECH
Postcode districtPE14
Dialling code01945
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°43′47″N 0°12′56″E / 52.729587°N 0.215521°E / 52.729587; 0.215521Coordinates: 52°43′47″N 0°12′56″E / 52.729587°N 0.215521°E / 52.729587; 0.215521

Walpole is a civil parish in Norfolk, England. The parish includes the conjoined villages of Walpole St Andrew and Walpole St Peter. Walpole Highway and Walpole Cross Keys are separate civil parishes.

The parish covers an area of 19.27 km2 (7.44 sq mi), and had a population of 1,707 in 654 households as of the 2001 Census,[1] the population increasing to 1,804 at the 2011 Census.[2]

For the purposes of local government, Walpole falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward had a population at the 2011 Census of 2,322.[3]

Edmund of Walpole was Abbot of Bury St Edmunds from 1248 to 1256.[citation needed]


The partially filled in moat of a former manorial site indicates mediaeval occupation. A brick from an archaeological dig was found to have been used as the board of a game, nine men's morris.[4]

In 1339 the Bishop of Ely brought criminal proceedings, complaining of the breaking up by local merchants of the market which he and his predecessors had held at Walpole "time out of mind".

St Peter's Church was used as the parish church of the fictional village of Fenchurch St Paul in the 1970s production of Dorothy L. Sayers' novel The Nine Tailors, starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey.[5]


Both St Andrew's and St Peter's are Grade I listed churches.

St Andrew's is a redundant church, now under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[6]

St Peter's Church, known as "the Cathedral of the Fens", is a Perpendicular building, and is often regarded as one of England's finest parish churches.[7][8]


  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  4. ^ Monger, Garry (2020). "Games Old and New". The Fens. Natasha Shiels. 29: 20-21.
  5. ^ "History". Walpole St Peter's Church. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  6. ^ St Andrew's Church, Walpole, Norfolk, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 9 December 2016
  7. ^ Simon Knott, Walpole St Peter at norfolkchurches.co.uk, Retrieved 12 September 2010
  8. ^ Alec Clifton-Taylor, English Parish Churches as Works of Art, Batsford, 1974

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