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Woodton is located in Norfolk
Woodton shown within Norfolk
Area8.85 km2 (3.42 sq mi)
Population482 (2011)
• Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTM292939
Civil parish
  • Woodton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBUNGAY
Postcode districtNR35
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°29′41″N 1°22′30″E / 52.49482°N 1.37497°E / 52.49482; 1.37497Coordinates: 52°29′41″N 1°22′30″E / 52.49482°N 1.37497°E / 52.49482; 1.37497
Woodton All Saints

Woodton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated some 7 km north-west of the Suffolk town of Bungay, and 20 km south-east of Norfolk's capital city of Norwich.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 8.85 km2 (3.42 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 472 in 194 households, increasing to 482 at the 2011 Census.[2] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of South Norfolk.[3]

The village's name indicates a settlement in the woods (wudu, ‘woods’ + tun ‘enclosure, settlement, farm’).[4] Over the years different variants of the name have been used, including Wdetuna, Wodetuna, Wodetone, Wudetuna, Uidetuna and Wootton. A number of bronze age ring ditches dating from between the 23rd century BC and the 7th century BC have been identified in the area.[5]

The church of Woodton All Saints is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk.

In 1575 Robert Suckling became Lord of the whole of Woodton. Various members of the Suckling family lived in the parish, including John Suckling (poet), down to Catherine Suckling, mother of Admiral Lord Nelson.

Wootton Hall was built in 1694 by Robert Suckling and his wife Sarah Shelton but demolished in 1841-2.[4]


  1. ^ Survey, Ordnance (2007). The Broads Wroxham, Beccles, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth : showing the Broads Authority area (Ed. A1_. ed.). Southampton: Ordnance Survey. ISBN 0319237699.
  2. ^ "CivilParish population 2011". Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001)". norfolk.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
  4. ^ a b "Woodton in history". Woodton Parish Council.
  5. ^ "Woodton.info (2005)". le-net.co.uk. Retrieved 16 December 2005.

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