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(This is the Official Website for the Parish of Knapton)
Page last updated 05.07.2015
Welcome to the Knapton Village website.
The parish of Knapton is situated in rural North Norfolk some 19.4 miles north east of Norwich and 3 miles from the market town of North Walsham. It is bordered by fields crisscrossed with 'quiet', leafy, lanes and footpaths providing many opportunities for walking in idyllic surroundings. Click for directions and map of Knapton Way, the popular village walk. The award winning community woodland, Pigneys Wood, a local nature reserve a mile to the south of the village is accessible at all times by the public and is enjoyed by schoolchildren and the very young, and by older generations either walking their pets or, simply, seeking peace and tranquillity in a busy world.
There are several clubs and groups in Knapton which cater for, and host, events throughout the year including the very popular and traditional Knapton Village Fete.
The Anglican church of St Peter and St Paul, famed for it’s Hammer Beam Roof featuring 'Angels', is located in the centre of the village and is a popular attraction for visitors. It is currently undergoing a programme of extensive renovation which will continue for the next few months.
We are close to the holiday resorts of Mundesley and Cromer a short distance to the north and approximately a mile and a half from the beautiful sandy beaches which are a feature of the North Norfolk coastline. Our nearest railway station is in North Walsham providing regular train services to Cromer, Sheringham and Norwich, via the 'Bittern Line', then onwards to London, the Midlands and the North. There are bus services from the village to North Walsham and then to Norwich from where services are available to all destinations. Click here for details of public transport services.
The market town of North Walsham provides a good range of shops for the discerning shopper and the supermarkets, Waitrose, Sainsbury's and LIDL cater for most needs without the necessity for 'out of town' shopping. Should you feel the need however, there is a Morrison's in Cromer and the renowned shopping centre of Norwich is but a short ride away. There is a 'market day' every Thursday and a farmers market is usually held every 2nd and 5th Saturday of the month. The area has a good selection of hotels, pubs, coffee shops and restaurants and leisure facilities include a swimming pool, (Victory Swim and Fitness Centre), and a cinema and theatre at the recently constructed Atrium in the grounds of North Walsham High School. For those interested in sailing or 'messing about' in boats the Norfolk Broads are on our doorstep and for golfing enthusiasts, the Mundesley Golf Club is just down the road.
The Knapton village sign, pictured in our banner, was made by Mr Herbert Hicks and Henry Wild, and presented to the village on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in1977. Herbert Hicks was a village stalwart, a local farmer and a long serving Parish and District Councillor. He was a devout Methodist, a Lay preacher and Superintendent of the Sunday School and a Governor of the local school. Henry Wild, a carpenter, was the longest serving parish councillor in recent village history, serving for 57 years.
Knapton has a population of 364 (2011 Census) residing in 190 households and covers an area of 5.80 square kilometres. High speed broadband is available.
Note: This website remains under construction and awaits information from a variety of sources which will be posted when received. We are also looking for photographs of Knapton to include in our gallery of images. If you have any photographs of people, places and events which might be of interest we would like to see them. Historical images are particularly welcome. See guidelines for details.