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Wiveton church, Norfolk.jpg
Wiveton church, Norfolk, in 1981
Wiveton is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area4.25 km2 (1.64 sq mi)
Population127 (201l)
• Density30/km2 (78/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG042428
Civil parish
  • Wiveton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHOLT
Postcode districtNR25
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°56′39″N 1°02′21″E / 52.94427°N 1.03909°E / 52.94427; 1.03909Coordinates: 52°56′39″N 1°02′21″E / 52.94427°N 1.03909°E / 52.94427; 1.03909

Wiveton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the west bank of the River Glaven, 3 km (1.9 mi) inland from the coast and directly across the river from the village of Cley next the Sea. The larger village of Blakeney is 2 km (1.2 mi) to the west, the town of Cromer is 20 km (12 mi) to the east, and the city of Norwich is 40 km (25 mi) to the south-east.[1]

Until the 17th century, the River Glaven was navigable and Wiveton was a port. The outline of the former harbour can still be seen in the fields between Wiveton and Cley.[2] Alongside this, marks from mooring ropes belonging to large transport barges can still be seen etched into the wall on the east side of the church.

The civil parish has an area of 4.25 km2 (1.64 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 158 in 74 households, the population reducing to 127 at the 2011 Census.[3] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.[4]

Wiveton was in the national news in 1779 when James Hackman, its newly appointed Rector, was hanged for the murder of Martha Ray, mistress of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (the man credited with inventing the sandwich).[5]

Wiveton church has a memorial to Royal Geographical Society Gold Medal Winner Lt. Colonel Frederick Marshman Bailey, one of the heroes of 'The Great Game'. Inside the church there is the joint memorial to Anne Fleming and Catherine Jennis.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002) OS Explorer Map 251 - Norfolk Coast Central ISBN 0-319-21887-2
  2. ^ Wiveton norfolkchurches Wiveton
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Rector of Wiveton at norfolkcoast.co.uk, accessed 16 March 2008

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