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Road intersection in Wighton (photo by Ron Strutt, 1999)
Wighton is located in Norfolk
Wighton shown within Norfolk
Area 11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
Population 222 (2011)
• Density 19/km2 (49/sq mi)
OS grid reference TF940399
Civil parish
  • Wighton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NR23
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°55′17″N 0°53′04″E / 52.92146°N 0.88433°E / 52.92146; 0.88433Coordinates: 52°55′17″N 0°53′04″E / 52.92146°N 0.88433°E / 52.92146; 0.88433

Wighton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is situated some 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the town of Wells-next-the-Sea, 12 km (7.5 mi) north of the town of Fakenham, and 45 km (28 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich. The medieval pilgrimage centre of Walsingham lies 3 km (1.9 mi) to the south.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 11.93 km2 (4.61 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 203 in 92 households, the population increasing to 222 at the 2011 Census.[2] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.[3]

Wighton is on the River Stiffkey and used to have a watermill, but this was demolished in May 1866.[4] The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway runs close to the village on the west.

The village was used as the location shooting for "Little Bazeley by the Sea" in the 1965 "The Avengers" episode entitled The Town of No Return with intrepid agents Patrick Macnee (John Steed) and Diana Rigg (Emma Peel.) The local pub featured in the episode was called "The Inebriated Gremlin".


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 251 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21887-2.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
  4. ^ Jonathan Neville (2006). "Wighton Mill". Norfolk Mills. Retrieved 2006-04-15. 

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