Saint Nicholas parish church, West Lexham, Norfolk
|West Lexham shown within Norfolk|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||105 miles (169 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||KING`S LYNN|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
West Lexham is a village in the English county of Norfolk. It is 5.9 miles (9.5 km) north of the town of Swaffham, 30.6 miles (49.2 km) west north west of Norwich and 105 miles (169 km) north east of London. The population is included in the civil parish of Sporle with Palgrave.
The village forms part of the civil parish of Lexham, which in turn is part of the district of Breckland. Local government responsibilities are shared between the parish, district and county councils.
The village lies about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of the A1065 Mildenhall to Fakenham road. The nearest railway station is at King’s Lynn for the Fen Line which runs between King’s Lynn and Cambridge. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport.
West Lexham is the birthplace of Philip Skippon (c. 1600, West Lexham, Norfolk – c. 20 February 1660) who was an English soldier who fought in the English Civil War. He rose to the rank of Major General in the Parliamentarian New Model Army and was one of Oliver Cromwell's most senior generals. He fought at several major battles of the Civil War and before that had been a professional soldier in various wars in mainland Europe.
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