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Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Winfarthing - - 354390.jpg
Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Winfarthing
Winfarthing is located in Norfolk
Winfarthing shown within Norfolk
Area10.80 km2 (4.17 sq mi)
Population503 (2011)
• Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTM108857
Civil parish
  • Winfarthing
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDISS
Postcode districtIP22
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°25′43″N 1°05′57″E / 52.42862°N 1.09919°E / 52.42862; 1.09919Coordinates: 52°25′43″N 1°05′57″E / 52.42862°N 1.09919°E / 52.42862; 1.09919

Winfarthing is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is located 6 km north of the town of Diss, 20 km east of the town of Thetford, and 30 km south of the city of Norwich.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 10.8 km2 (4.2 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 403 in 162 households, the population increasing to 503 at the 2011 Census.[2] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of South Norfolk.[3]

The village is a prime example of a linear village, being strung out along the B1077 road between Diss and Attleborough for around 2 km/1.25m. It is home to the Fighting Cocks public house, All Saints Church of England Primary School and St Mary's church. Until the early 1990s it had a small Royal Mail Post Office and shop. There is still a red post box at the site of the old Post Office with regular collections. Farming is the primary local business, with several dairy, arable and pig farms in the surrounding area.

King Henry VIII is known to have visited the area, and there was a large oak tree in the village at that time that was standing until the late 20th century.


The parish was a demesne of the King until c. 1189 the reign of Henry II, when it was sold off to a private land owner. In 1600, there were 189 communicants, and by 1739, there were 50 dwelling-houses, and about 260 inhabitants in total, at which point the parish was valued for tax purposes at £924 (£132000 today).[4]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 230 - Diss & Harleston. ISBN 0-319-21862-7.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 5 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. ^ Blomefield, Francis (c. 1736). History of Norfolk. 1. London (published c. 1806).

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