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St Mary's, Wimbotsham
Wimbotsham is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area6.04 km2 (2.33 sq mi)
Population664 (2011)
• Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF622049
Civil parish
  • Wimbotsham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE34
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°37′04″N 0°23′40″E / 52.61765°N 0.39448°E / 52.61765; 0.39448Coordinates: 52°37′04″N 0°23′40″E / 52.61765°N 0.39448°E / 52.61765; 0.39448

Wimbotsham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated close to the River Great Ouse, 2 km (1.2 mi) north of the town of Downham Market, 18 km (11 mi) south of the town of King's Lynn, and 60 km (37 mi) west of the city of Norwich.[1] It covers an area of 6.04 km2 (2.33 sq mi) and had a population of 558 in 262 households at the 2001 census,[2] the population including Bexwell and increasing to 664 at the 2011 Census.[3] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

The villages name means 'Winebaud's homestead/village' or 'Winebaud's hemmed-in land'.[4]

It has a primary school, a local shop and a public house called "The Chequers".[5] Also located in the village are two churches: the Church of St Mary and the Wimbotsham Methodist Church.


Wimbotsham is part of the electoral ward called Wimbotsham with Fincham. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 2,504.[6]

Church of St Mary[edit]

Bench end in St Mary's by James Rattee

The Grade II* listed St Mary's Church[7] is the Anglican parish church. The honorary priest in charge is the Reverend Karen Burnett-Hall.[8]

The church is believed to have been built in 1175, with some late 13th century work, and both north and south doors are believed Norman, dating from the 12th century. A medieval wall painting of St Christopher is recorded in the nave. In 1853/4 the roof of the nave was altered from thatch to slate with the walls raised to suit. The original chancel was rebuilt complete with an apse over what was thought to be a prior structure. The church's bench ends, although in the Suffolk style of the 15th century, are actually the work of James Rattee in the 19th century.[8][9] It has three bells.[10]

On 4 September 2019, the church was severely damaged by a large fire.[11][12] The roof of the nave collapsed and wooden fittings inside the building including carvings by Rattee were destroyed.[13] The bells, which had cracked in the fire, were taken down from the tower in August 2020.[14]

Methodist Church[edit]

As well as the Church of England St Mary's, there is also Wimbotsham Methodist Church. The chapel was opened in 1894 with additions being made in 1896 in the form of a Sunday School. Further alterations were made in 1950 and 1970.[15] The Minister is Reverend Maurice Stafford.[16]

Wimbotsham and Stow Community School[edit]

The village primary school is called the Wimbotsham and Stow Community School, which is a community school under the Bridges Federation, along with two other local primary schools located in Magdalen and St Germans.[17] The executive headteacher is Ms Alison Hughes,[18] but the head of this school is Louise Arrowsmith.[19]

Fenman Classic Bike Show[edit]

Since 1990, Wimbotsham has been the location of the Fenman Classic Bike Show, an annual bike show held on the last Monday of every August, to coincide with a United Kingdom bank holiday. The logo depicts a farm-hand with smock and floppy hat, holding a mug of ale and standing in front of a bike's silhouette. Overall the Fenman Classic Bike Show offers 27 prizes, including the "Best Bike in Show" prize.[20]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 236 - King's Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 0-319-21867-8.
  2. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Key to English Place-names".
  5. ^ "The Chequers Wimbotsham". Archived from the original on 13 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Wimbotsham with Fincham ward population 2011". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Wimbotsham (1205605)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Wimbotsham: St Mary the Virgin - A Church Near You".
  9. ^ "St-Mary's-Church-Wimbotsham - Norfolk Heritage Explorer".
  10. ^ "Wisbech District of the Ely DA - Wimbotsham details".
  11. ^ "Firefighters on scene of blaze at historic Wimbotsham church". Lynn News. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Medieval Norfolk church gutted by fire". BBC News. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  13. ^ Bishop, Chris (11 September 2019). "Revealed: Ornate interior of church before it was consumed by fire". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Abseilers remove bells from fire-ravaged Norfolk church". BBC News. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Wimbotsham Primitive Methodist chapel | W - Z | My Primitive Methodists".
  16. ^ "Wimbotsham Methodist Church".
  17. ^ "Home". bridgesfederation.co.uk.
  18. ^ "Norfolk Schools - Schoolfinder".
  19. ^ "Meet the Staff | Bridges Federation". Archived from the original on 11 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Fenman Classic Bike Show - Home".

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