Coordinates: 52°34′49″N 1°03′40″E / 52.580314°N 1.061211°E / 52.580314; 1.061211
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Church of St Andrew and All Saints
Wicklewood is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area8.75 km2 (3.38 sq mi)
Population922 (2011)
• Density105/km2 (270/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG075024
Civil parish
  • Wicklewood
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNR18
Dialling code01953
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
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52°34′49″N 1°03′40″E / 52.580314°N 1.061211°E / 52.580314; 1.061211

Wicklewood is a village and civil parish in the South Norfolk district of Norfolk, England. It is located 11 miles (18 km) west of Norwich next to the market town of Wymondham, neighbouring the villages of Deopham, Hackford and Kimberley. It covers an area of 8.75 km2 (3.38 sq mi) and had a population of 886 in 345 households at the 2001 census,[1] which had increased to 922 at the 2011 Census.[2]

The villages name probably means, 'wych-elm wood/clearing'. 'Wood' is redundant.[3]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward has a population of 3,308 at the 2011 Census.[4]


The village has a small primary school, Wicklewood School, as well as a small church, St Andrews and All Saints.

Wicklewood has a local cricket team that participates in various Sunday League matches and was the holder of the Wicklewood Shield trophy won in 2006.[citation needed]

The village also has one public house called the Cherry Tree where the full range of Buffy's ales, made in Tivetshall St. Mary, can be tasted.

Hospital Road is the site of a large neo-Georgian building, now private homes. This is the former Forehoe workhouse, built in the late 19th century. In 1948 it was incorporated into the National Health Service as Hill House Hospital, later Wicklewood Geriatric Hospital, before closing in 1974.[5]

The former Ashcroft supported housing centre on Milestone Lane has been closed since 2015:[6] as of 2019, the buildings are for sale to be redeveloped as private housing.[7]

The former St James Church on Low Street served the community of Crownthorpe. Its patron was Lord Wodehouse.[8] It is now a private residence.[9]

Roman remains[edit]

The site of a Romano-Celtic temple near Wicklewood was discovered from cropmarks in 1959, and was excavated in that year. It evidently served a settlement nearby, as many Roman objects have been found.[10]


  1. ^ "Wicklewood parish information". South Norfolk Council. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Key to English Place-names".
  4. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Forehoe, Norfolk". The Workhouse history of an institution.
  6. ^ "A Vital Mental Health Service in Norfolk Due to Close as a Result of Insufficient Funding". Julian Support.
  7. ^ "Detached house for sale in Milestone Lane, Wicklewood, Wymondham NR18". Primelocation.
  8. ^ "Crowfield - Croydon Pages 737-742 A Topographical Dictionary of England". British History Online. S Lewis, London 1848. Retrieved 19 November 2023.
  9. ^ "St James, Crownthorpe". Norfolk Churches. Retrieved 19 November 2023.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Romano-Celtic temple 590m south east of St James's Church (1020862)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 September 2023.

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