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West Lexham

Coordinates: 52°43′16″N 0°43′32″E / 52.721173°N 0.72558°E / 52.721173; 0.72558
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West Lexham
Saint Nicholas parish church, West Lexham, Norfolk
West Lexham is located in Norfolk
West Lexham
West Lexham
Location within Norfolk
OS grid referenceTF840120
• London105 miles (169 km)
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING`S LYNN
Postcode districtPE32
Dialling code01760
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°43′16″N 0°43′32″E / 52.721173°N 0.72558°E / 52.721173; 0.72558

West Lexham is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Lexham, in the Breckland district, in the county of Norfolk, England.[1] 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. In 1931, the parish had a population of 101.[2] On 1 April 1935 the parish was abolished to form Lexham.[3]

The villages name literally means, 'leech homestead/village', but probably in the sense of 'physician'.[4]

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.[5]

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.


  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 238 – Dereham & Aylsham, Castle Acre & Reepham. ISBN 0-319-23810-5
  2. ^ "Population statistics West Lexham AP/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Relationships and changes West Lexham AP/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Key to English Place-names". kepn.nottingham.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  5. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5

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