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St Mary's Church, Titchwell
Titchwell is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area6.46 km2 (2.49 sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF 760 437
Civil parish
  • Titchwell
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE31
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°57′42″N 0°37′08″E / 52.96178°N 0.61896°E / 52.96178; 0.61896

Titchwell is a village and civil parish in Norfolk, England. It is situated on the north Norfolk coast some 2 km (1.2 mi) west of the village of Brancaster, 9 km (5.6 mi) north-east of the seaside resort of Hunstanton, 30 km (19 mi) north of the town of King's Lynn and 70 km (43 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich.[1]

The village cross

The villages name means 'Young goat spring/stream'.[2]

The civil parish has an area of 6.46 km2 (2.49 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 91 in 47 households. At the 2011 Census the population remained less than 100 and is included in the civil parish of Thornham. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.[3]

The village is noted for its RSPB reserve at Titchwell Marsh, an area of salt and freshwater marsh that extends along the coast towards Brancaster. It also has an Anglo Saxon[dubiousdiscuss] church with an unusual spirelet.

There is a small nature reserve on the site of a former chalk pit, which is believed to have first been used in Roman times. In 1786, under the Inclosure Act of 1773, the land came into ownership of Titchwell Parish. After all the chalk had been removed, the land became a rubbish dump, which was soon closed following public outcry. Local farmers and Norfolk County Council then tidied the pit and planted trees and shrubs, creating a mini-reserve.[4]

Titchwell used to have two pubs, but one of them, "The Three Horseshoes" has now been converted into apartments for the use of holidaymakers and investors. The village also has a 15th-century village cross at its centre, which would have been a marker point and meeting place for travellers and pilgrims.[citation needed]

The Church of England parish church, dedicated to St Mary, is a Grade I listed building.[5] It is one of the 124 round-tower churches in Norfolk.[citation needed]

It also has two hotels, Briarfields and Titchwell Manor.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 250 - Norfolk Coast West. ISBN 0-319-21886-4.
  2. ^ "Key to English Place-names".
  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 2 December 2005.
  4. ^ Titchwell Chalk Pit (Plaque outside former chalk-pit)
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary (Grade I) (1273641)". National Heritage List for England.

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