NORFOLK (/ˈnɔːrfək/ ) is a county in
East Anglia in
England . It
Lincolnshire to the west and north-west,
Cambridgeshire to the
west and southwest, and
Suffolk to the south. Its northern and eastern
boundaries are the
North Sea and, to the north-west,
The Wash . The
county town is
Norwich . With an area of 2,074 square miles (5,370
km2) and a population of 859,400,
Norfolk is a largely rural county
with a population density of 401 per square mile (155 per km²). Of
the county's population, 40% live in four major built up areas:
Great Yarmouth (63,000), King\'s Lynn (46,000) and
The Broads is a network of rivers and lakes in the east of the
county, extending south into
Suffolk . The area is not a National Park
although it is marketed as such. It has similar status to a national
park, and is protected by the
Broads Authority .
* 1 History
* 2 Management of the shoreline
* 3 Economy and industry
* 4 Gallery
* 5 Education
* 5.1 Primary and secondary education
* 5.2 Tertiary education
* 6 Politics
* 6.1 Local
Norwich Unitary Authority dispute
* 6.3 Westminster
* 7 Settlements
* 8 Transport
* 9 Dialect, accent and nickname
* 10 Tourism
* 10.1 Amusement parks and zoos
* 10.2 Theatres
* 11 Notable people from
* 12 People associated with
* 13 See also
* 14 References
* 15 External links
Prehistoric Norfolk and
History of Norfolk
Norfolk was settled in pre-Roman times, with camps along the higher
land in the west, where flints could be quarried. A Brythonic tribe,
Iceni , inhabited the county from the 1st century BC to the end of
the 1st century AD . The
Iceni revolted against the Roman invasion in
AD 47, and again in 60 led by
Boudica . The crushing of the second
rebellion opened the county to the Romans. During the Roman era roads
and ports were constructed throughout the county and farming was
Situated on the east coast,
Norfolk was vulnerable to invasions from
Scandinavia and Northern Europe, and forts were built to defend
Saxons . By the 5th century the Angles, after
East Anglia and
England itself are named, had established control
of the region and later became the "north folk" and the "south folk",
hence, "Norfolk" and "
Suffolk ". Norfolk,
Suffolk and several adjacent
areas became the kingdom of
East Anglia (one of the heptarchy ), which
later merged with
Mercia and then with
Wessex . The influence of the
Early English settlers can be seen in the many place names ending in
"-ton" and "-ham". Endings such as "-by" and "-thorpe" are also
common, indicating Danish place names: in the 9th century the region
again came under attack, this time from Danes who killed the king,
Edmund the Martyr
Edmund the Martyr . In the centuries before the
Norman Conquest the
wetlands of the east of the county began to be converted to farmland,
and settlements grew in these areas. Migration into
East Anglia must
have been high: by the time of the
Domesday Book survey it was one of
the most densely populated parts of the
British Isles . During the
high and late
Middle Ages the county developed arable agriculture and
woollen industries. Norfolk's prosperity at that time is evident from
the county's large number of medieval churches: out of an original
total of over one thousand, 659 have survived, more than in the whole
of the rest of Great Britain. The economy was in decline by the time
Black Death , which dramatically reduced the population in
1349. By the 16th century
Norwich had grown to become the second
largest city in England; but over one-third of its population died in
the plague epidemic of 1579, and in 1665 the Great Plague again
killed around one-third of the population. During the English Civil
Norfolk was largely Parliamentarian . The economy and agriculture
of the region declined somewhat. During the Industrial Revolution
Norfolk developed little industry except in
Norwich which was a late
addition to the railway network.
In the 20th century the county developed a role in aviation. The
first development in airfields came with the
First World War
First World War ; there
was then a massive expansion during the
Second World War
Second World War with the
growth of the
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force and the influx of the American USAAF 8th
Air Force which operated from many
Norfolk airfields . During the
Second World War
Second World War agriculture rapidly intensified, and it has remained
very intensive since, with the establishment of large fields for
growing cereals and oilseed rape .
MANAGEMENT OF THE SHORELINE
Norfolk's low-lying land and easily eroded cliffs, many of which are
chalk and clay, make it vulnerable to the sea; the most recent major
event was the
North Sea flood of 1953 . The low-lying section of coast
Lowestoft Ness in
Suffolk is currently managed by
Environment Agency to protect the Broads from sea flooding.
Management policy for the
North Norfolk coastline is described in the
North Norfolk Shoreline Management Plan, which was published in 2006
but has yet to be accepted by the local authorities. The Shoreline
Management Plan states that the stretch of coast will be protected for
at least another 50 years, but that in the face of sea level rise and
post-glacial lowering of land levels in the South East, there is an
urgent need for further research to inform future management
decisions, including the possibility that the sea defences may have to
be realigned to a more sustainable position. Natural
contributed some research into the impacts on the environment of
various realignment options. The draft report of their research was
leaked to the press, who created great anxiety by reporting that
England plan to abandon a large section of the
villages and farmland to the sea to save the rest of the Norfolk
coastline from the impact of climate change .
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY
Norfolk had a
Gross Domestic Product
Gross Domestic Product of £ 9,319 million,
which represents 1.5% of England's economy and 1.25% of the United
Kingdom's economy. The GDP per head was £11,825, compared to £13,635
for East Anglia, £12,845 for
England and £12,438 for the United
Kingdom. In 1999–2000 the county had an unemployment rate of 5.6%,
compared to 5.8% for
England and 6.0% for the UK.
Important business sectors include tourism, energy (oil, gas and
renewables), advanced engineering and manufacturing, and food and
Much of Norfolk's fairly flat and fertile land has been drained for
use as arable land . The principal arable crops are sugar beet ,
wheat, barley (for brewing) and oil seed rape . The county also boasts
a saffron grower. Over 20% of employment in the county is in the
agricultural and food industries.
Well-known companies in
Norwich Union ),
Colman\'s (part of
Lotus Cars and
Bernard Matthews Farms .
Construction Industry Training Board is based on the former
RAF Bircham Newton . The
BBC East region is centred on
Norwich, although it covers an area as far west as
Milton Keynes ; the
BBC does however provide
BBC Radio Norfolk solely for the county.
Local Enterprise Partnership has recently been established by
business leaders to help grow jobs across
Norfolk and Suffolk. They
have secured an enterprise zone to help grow businesses in the energy
sector, and established the two counties as a centre for growing
services and products for the green economy.
To help local industry in Norwich, the local council offered a
wireless internet service but this has now been withdrawn as funding
River Wensum ,
Norwich Cathedral : spire and south transept
St John the Baptist Cathedral,
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
List of schools in Norfolk
Norfolk has a completely comprehensive state education system, with
secondary school age from 11 to 16 or in some schools with sixth forms
, 18 years old. In many of the rural areas, there is no nearby sixth
form and so sixth form colleges are found in larger towns. There are
twelve independent , or private schools, including Gresham\'s School
in Holt in the north of the county,
Thetford Grammar School in
Thetford which is Britain\'s fifth oldest extant school , Langley
School in Loddon , and several in the city of Norwich, including
Norwich School and
Norwich High School for Girls . The King's Lynn
district has the largest school population.
Norfolk is also home to
Wymondham College , the UK's largest remaining state boarding school .
The University of
East Anglia is located on the outskirts of Norwich
Norwich University of the Arts is based in seven buildings in and
around St George's Street in the city centre, next to the River Wensum
The City College
Norwich and the
College of West Anglia are colleges
King's Lynn as well as
Norfolk as a whole. Easton
"> Ward-by-ward map of the 2011 local district election results.
Map of the 2013
Norfolk County Council election results.
Norfolk is under the control of
Norfolk County Council and is also
divided into seven local government districts:
Breckland District ,
Broadland District ,
Great Yarmouth Borough , King\'s Lynn and West
Norfolk Borough ,
North Norfolk District ,
Norwich City and South
Norfolk District . As of 2014 the Conservatives controlled five of the
seven districts, while
Norwich is controlled by Labour and Great
Yarmouth is under no overall control.
The county is traditionally a stronghold for the Conservatives , who
have always won at least 50% of Norfolk's parliamentary constituencies
since 1979. The countryside is mostly solid Conservative territory,
with a few areas being strong for the Liberal Democrats . From 1995 to
South Norfolk was run by the Liberal Democrats, but the district
switched back to the Conservatives in a landslide in 2007.
Norfolk's urban areas are more mixed, although
Norwich and central
Great Yarmouth and
King's Lynn are strong for the Labour
Party . This said, Labour's dominance in
Norwich has recently been
stemmed by the Green Party, who are now the official opposition on
Norwich City Council and also hold several divisions within the city
Norfolk County Council.
Norfolk County Council had been under Conservative control since
1997, but they lost overall control at the 2013 election, when the
Conservatives lost 20 seats and
UKIP gained 14. As at 2013 there are
40 Conservative councillors, 15 UKIP, 14 Labour, 10 Liberal Democrats
, 4 Green Party and one independent. Although the Conservatives had
been expected to form a minority administration or to seek a coalition
with the Liberal Democrats, both scenarios failed to materialise.
Eventually, a rainbow alliance between Labour, the Liberal Democrats,
UKIP was formed, with the cabinet composed solely of Labour
and Liberal Democrats.
NORWICH UNITARY AUTHORITY DISPUTE
In October 2006, the Department for Communities and Local Government
produced a Local Government White Paper inviting councils to submit
proposals for unitary restructuring. In January 2007
its proposal, which was rejected in December 2007 as it did not meet
the criteria for acceptance. In February 2008, the Boundary Committee
England (from 1 April 2010 incorporated in the Local Government
Boundary Commission for
England ) was asked to consider alternative
proposals for the whole or part of Norfolk, including whether Norwich
should become a unitary authority , separate from
Council. In December 2009, the Boundary Committee recommended a single
unitary authority covering all of Norfolk, including Norwich.
However, on 10 February 2010, it was announced that, contrary to the
December 2009 recommendation of the Boundary Committee,
be given separate unitary status. The proposed change was strongly
resisted, principally by
Norfolk County Council and the Conservative
opposition in Parliament. Reacting to the announcement, Norfolk
County Council issued a statement that it would seek leave to
challenge the decision in the courts. A letter was leaked to the
local media in which the Permanent Secretary for the Department for
Communities and Local Government noted that the decision did not meet
all the criteria and that the risk of it "being successfully
challenged in judicial review proceedings is very high". The Shadow
Local Government and Planning Minister,
Bob Neill , stated that should
the Conservative Party win the 2010 general election , they would
reverse the decision.
Following the 2010 general election , Eric Pickles was appointed
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 12 May 2010
in a Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government . According
to press reports, he instructed his department to take urgent steps to
reverse the decision and maintain the status quo in line with the
Conservative Party manifesto. However, the unitary plans were
supported by the Liberal Democrat group on the city council, and by
Simon Wright , LibDem MP for
Norwich South , who intended to lobby the
party leadership to allow the changes to go ahead.
Local Government Act 2010 to reverse the unitary decision for
Norwich (and Exeter and Suffolk) received Royal Assent on 16 December
2010. The disputed award of unitary status had meanwhile been referred
to the High Court , and on 21 June 2010 the court (Mr. Justice Ouseley
, judge) ruled it unlawful, and revoked it. The city has therefore
failed to attain permanent unitary status, and the previous two-tier
arrangement of County and District Councils (with
Norwich City Council
counted among the latter) remains the status quo.
Following the May 2015 General Election,
Norfolk is represented in
the House of Commons by seven Conservative members of parliament, one
Labour Member of Parliament and one Liberal Democrat.
NORFOLK ELECTION RESULTS
PARLIAMENTARY 6 MAY 2010
COUNTY COUNCIL 2 MAY 2013
Green, LCA, Independents, Others
UKIP, LCA, Independents, Others
List of places in Norfolk and List of settlements in
Norfolk by population
Norfolk's county town and only city is
Norwich , one of the largest
England during the Norman era .
Norwich is home to the
East Anglia , and is the county's main business and
culture centre. Other principal towns include the port-town of King\'s
Lynn and the seaside resort and Broads gateway town of Great Yarmouth
Based on the 2011 Census the county's largest centres of population
Great Yarmouth (63,434), King\'s Lynn
North Walsham (12,463),
Downham Market (9,994),
Sheringham (7,367) and
Swaffham (7,258). There are also several smaller market towns :
Aylsham (6,016), Harleston (4,458) and Holt (3,810).
Much of the county remains rural in nature and
Norfolk is believed to
have around 200 lost settlements which have been largely or totally
depopulated since the medieval period. These include places lost to
coastal erosion, agricultural enclosure , depopulation and the
establishment of the
Stanford Training Area in 1940.
Mid-Norfolk Railway at
Dereham railway station . Further
Railways in Norfolk and List of
airfields, and aerodromes
Norfolk is one of the few counties in
England that does not have a
motorway. The A11 connects
Cambridge and London via the M11
. From the west there only two routes from
Norfolk that have a direct
link with the A1 , the A47 which runs into the
East Midlands and to
Birmingham via Peterborough and the A17 which runs into the East
Lincolnshire . These two routes meet at King\'s Lynn
which is also the starting place for the A10 which provides West
Norfolk with a direct link to London via Ely ,
Cambridge and Hertford
Great Eastern Main Line is a major railway from London Liverpool
Street Station to Essex,
Suffolk and Norfolk.
Airport offers flights within Europe including a link to Amsterdam
which offers onward flights throughout the world.
DIALECT, ACCENT AND NICKNAME
Norfolk dialect is also known as "Broad Norfolk", although over
the modern age much of the vocabulary and many of the phrases have
died out due to a number of factors, such as radio, TV and people from
other parts of the country coming to Norfolk. As a result, the speech
Norfolk is more of an accent than a dialect , though one part
retained from the
Norfolk dialect is the distinctive grammar of the
Norfolk are sometimes known as
Norfolk Dumplings , an
allusion to the flour dumplings that were traditionally a significant
part of the local diet.
More cutting, perhaps, was the pejorative medical slang term "Normal
for Norfolk", alluding to the county's perceived status as a quirky
Norfolk is a popular tourist destination and has several major
holiday attractions. There are many seaside resorts, including some of
the finest British beaches, such as those at
Great Yarmouth , Cromer
Norfolk contains the Broads and other areas of
outstanding natural beauty and many areas of the coast are wild bird
sanctuaries and reserves with some areas designated as National Parks
such as the
Norfolk Coast AONB .
* Elm Hill in the historic city of
Norfolk Coast in the little village of Mundesley near
* The bridge at
* The beach at
Holkham National Nature Reserve
The Queen 's residence at
Sandringham House in Sandringham, Norfolk
provides an all year round tourist attraction whilst the coast and
some rural areas are popular locations for people from the
conurbations to purchase weekend holiday homes . Arthur Conan Doyle
first conceived the idea for
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles whilst
Bertram Fletcher Robinson after hearing
local folklore tales regarding the mysterious hound known as Black
AMUSEMENT PARKS AND ZOOS
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Norfolk has several amusement parks and zoos.
* Thrigby Hall near
Great Yarmouth was built in 1736 by Joshua Smith
Esquire and features a zoo which houses a large tiger enclosure,
primate enclosures and the swamp house which has many crocodiles and
Holkham Hall is an 18th-century stately home and visitor
attraction , constructed in the Palladian style and at the centre of a
3,000 acre deer park on the
North Norfolk coast with a woodland play
area, walled garden and farming exhibition.
* Pettitts Animal Adventure Park at Reedham is a park with a mix of
animals, rides and live entertainment shows.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is a free-entry theme park, hosting
over 20 large rides as well as a crazy golf course, water attractions,
children's rides and "white knuckle" rides.
BeWILDerwood is an award-winning adventure park situated in the
Norfolk Broads and is the setting for the book A Boggle at
BeWILDerwood by local children's author
Tom Blofeld .
* Britannia Pier on the coast of
Great Yarmouth has rides which
include a ghost train. Also on the pier is the famous Britannia Pier
Banham Zoo is set amongst 35 acres (14 ha) of parkland and gardens
with innovative enclosures providing sanctuary for almost 1,000
animals including big cats, birds of prey, siamangs and shire horses.
Its annual visitor attendance is in excess of 200,000 people. It was
awarded the prize of "Best Large Attraction" by Tourism in
* Amazona Zoo is situated on 10 acres (4.0 ha) of derelict woodland
and abandoned brick kilns on the outskirts of
Cromer and is home to a
range of tropical South American animals including jaguars, otters,
monkeys and flamingos.
* Amazonia is a tropical jungle environment in Great Yarmouth
housing over 70 different species of reptiles including lizards,
crocodiles, snakes, tortoises and terrapins.
Pensthorpe Nature Reserve , near the town of
Fakenham in north
Norfolk, is a nature reserve with many captive birds and animals. Such
species include native birds such as lapwing and Eurasian crane, to
much more exotic examples like Marabou stork, Greater flamingo, and
Manchurian crane. The site played host to BBC's 'Springwatch' from
2008 until 2010. A number of man-made lakes are home to a range of
wild birds, and provide stop-off points for many wintering ducks and
* Extreeme Adventure is a high ropes course built in some of the
tallest trees in eastern England. In the 'New Wood' part of Weasenham
Sea Life Centre in
Great Yarmouth is One of the biggest sea
life centres in the country. The
Great Yarmouth centre is home to a
tropical shark display, one resident of which is Britain's biggest
shark 'Nobby' the Nurse Shark. The same display, with its walk-through
underwater tunnel, also features the wreckage of a World War II
aircraft. The centre also includes over 50 native species including
shrimps, starfish, sharks, stingrays and conger eels.
* The Sea Life Sanctuary in
Hunstanton is Norfolk's leading marine
rescue centre and works both as a visitor attraction as well as a
location for rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured sea
creatures found in the nearby Wash and
North Sea . The attractions
main features are similar to that of the
Sea Life Centre in Great
Yarmouth, albeit on a slightly smaller scale.
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Britannia Pier Theatre Royal
The Pavilion Theatre (Cromer) is a 510-seater venue on the end of
Cromer Pier, best known for hosting the 'end-of-the-pier' show, the
Seaside Special. The theatre also presents comedy, music, dance,
opera, musicals and community shows.
The Britannia Pier Theatre (Great Yarmouth) mainly hosts popular
comedy acts such as the
Chuckle Brothers and Jim Davidson . The
theatre has 1,200 seats and is one of the largest in Norfolk.
The Theatre Royal (Norwich) has been on its present site for nearly
250 years, the Act of Parliament in the tenth year of the reign of
George II having been rescinded in 1761. The 1,300-seat theatre, the
largest in the city, hosts a mix of national touring productions
including musicals, dance, drama, family shows, stand-up comedians,
opera and pop.
Norwich Playhouse (Norwich) hosts theatre, comedy, music and
other performing arts. It has a seating capacity of 300.
Maddermarket Theatre (Norwich) opened in 1921 and was the first
permanent recreation of an Elizabethan theatre. The founder was Nugent
Monck who had worked with William Poel. The theatre has a seating
capacity of 312.
Norwich Puppet Theatre (Norwich) was founded in 1979 by Ray and
Joan DaSilva as a permanent base for their touring company and was
first opened as a public venue in 1980, following the conversion of
the medieval church of St. James in the heart of Norwich. Under
subsequent artistic directors – Barry Smith and Luis Z. Boy – the
theatre established its current pattern of operation. It is a
nationally unique venue dedicated to puppetry, and currently houses a
185-seat raked auditorium, 50 seat Octagon Studio, workshops, an
exhibition gallery, shop and licensed bar. It is the only theatre in
the Eastern region with a year-round programme of family-centred
The Garage studio theatre (Norwich) can seat up to 110 people in a
range of different layouts. It can also be used for standing events
and can accommodate up to 180 people.
The Platform Theatre (Norwich) is in the grounds of City College
Norwich (CCN), and has a large stage with raked seating for an
audience of around 200. The theatre plays host to performances by both
student and professional companies.
Sewell Barn Theatre (Norwich) is the smallest theatre in Norwich
and has a seating capacity of 100. The auditorium features raked
seating on three sides of an open acting space.
Norwich Arts Centre (Norwich) theatre opened in 1977 in St.
Benedict's Street, and has a capacity of 290.
The Princess Theatre (Hunstanton) stands overlooking the Wash and the
green in the East Coast resort of Hunstanton. It is a 472-seat venue.
Open all year round, the theatre plays host to a wide variety of shows
from comedy to drama, celebrity shows to music for all tastes and
children's productions. It has a six-week summer season plus an annual
Sheringham Little Theatre (Sheringham) has seating for 180. The
theatre programmes a variety of plays, musicals and music, and also
Gorleston Pavilion (Gorleston) is an original Edwardian building
with a seating capacity of 300, situated on the
Norfolk coast. The
theatre stages plays, pantomimes, musicals and concerts as well as a
26-week summer season.
NOTABLE PEOPLE FROM NORFOLK
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Diana Athill , literary editor and author,
South Norfolk and
Peter Bellamy , folk singer and musician, who was brought up in
Henry Blofeld ,
Henry Blogg , the UK's most decorated lifeboatman , who was from
Francis Blomefield , Anglican rector, early topographical
historian of Norfolk
James Blunt , English acoustic folk rock singer-songwriter who was
Norfolk during his childhood
Boudica , scourge of the occupying
Roman Army in first century
Britain and queen of the
Iceni , British tribe occupying an area
slightly larger than modern Norfolk
Martin Brundle , former motor-racing driver and now a commentator
was born in King's Lynn
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton , writer, born at Heydon
Dave Bussey , former
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2 and current
Howard Carter , archaeologist who discovered
Tutankhamun 's tomb;
his childhood was spent primarily in
Edith Cavell , a nurse executed by the Germans for aiding the
escape of prisoners in World War I
Sam Claflin , actor, grew up in
Norwich and studied at Costessey
High School .
Sam Clemmett , actor, from
Brundall known for starring in West End
stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Haribo Tangfastics
television advert and the
BBC documentary Murder Games: The Life and
Breck Bednar where he played
Breck Bednar the teen murdered
Lewis Daynes .
Edward Coke , 17th-century jurist and author of the Petition of
Right was born in
Mileham and educated at
Olivia Colman , actress, born and educated in Norfolk.
* Jamie Cutter, Co-founder of Cutter lived much of her life as a
recluse in Norwich
Robert Kett , leader of Kett\'s Rebellion in
East Anglia 1549,
Sid Kipper ,
Norfolk humourist, author, songwriter and singer
Myleene Klass , former Hear\'Say singer, comes from
Holly Lerski , singer and songwriter, former member of the band
Angelou , grew up and resides in Norfolk
* Henry Leslie , actor and playwright, born 1830 at Walsoken.
Samuel Lincoln , ancestor of US President
Matthew Macfadyen , actor who starred in Spooks , was born in
Kenneth McKee , surgeon who pioneered hip replacement surgery
techniques, lived in
* Roger Taylor , drummer of the rock band Queen was born in King's
Lynn and spent the early part of his childhood in Norfolk.
Danny Mills , footballer, born in Norwich.
John Mills , actor, born in
* Horatio, Lord Nelson , Admiral and British hero who played a major
role in the
Battle of Trafalgar , born and schooled in Norfolk.
Nimmo Twins , sketch comedy duo well known in Norfolk
Olav V of Norway
Olav V of Norway , born at Flitcham on the Sandringham estate
Beth Orton , singer-songwriter, was born in
Dereham and raised in
Thomas Paine , philosopher, born in
Ronan Parke , Britain\'s Got Talent 2011 finalist and runner up.
Margaret Paston , author of many of the
Paston Letters , born
1423, lived at Gresham .
Barry Pinches , snooker player who comes from Norwich.
Matthew Pinsent , Olympic champion rower , was born in Holt .
Prasutagus , 1st-century king of the
Iceni , who occupied roughly
the area which is now Norfolk
Philip Pullman , author, born in Norwich
Miranda Raison , actress, from north Norfolk, who was educated at
Anna Sewell , writer, author of Black Beauty, born at Great
Yarmouth , lived part of her life at
Old Catton near
buried at Lamas , near
Thomas Shadwell , playwright, satirist and
Allan Smethurst , 'The Singing Postman' who sang songs in his
Norfolk dialect, was from
Hannah Spearritt , actress and former
S Club 7
S Club 7 singer, who is from
Adam Thoroughgood , colonial leader in Virginia, namer of New
Norfolk County, which later became Norfolk, Virginia.
Peter Trudgill , sociolinguist specialising in accents and
dialects including his own native
Norfolk dialect, was born and bred
George Vancouver , born King's Lynn. Captain and explorer in the
Stella Vine , English artist, spent many of her early years in
Robert Walpole , first
Earl of Orford , regarded as the first
British prime minister
British prime minister
Tim Westwood , rap DJ and Radio 1 presenter, grew up in and around
* Parson Woodforde , 18th century clergyman and diarist
Nick Youngs (1959–) and his two sons, Ben (1989–) and Tom
(1987–) were both raised close to the town of
Aylsham on their
father's farm. Youngs was a former rugby player for Leicester Tigers
England . Both sons went on to represent the national rugby union
PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH NORFOLK
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The following people were not born or brought up in
Norfolk but are
long-term residents of Norfolk, are well known for living in Norfolk
at some point in their lives, or have contributed in some significant
way to the county.
Verily Anderson , writer, lived in North Norfolk.
Julian Assange , Australian publisher, journalist, writer,
Internet activist and editor in chief of
WikiLeaks , lived since 16 December 2010 in Ellingham Hall , the
Vaughan Smith , under house arrest whilst fighting
Sweden , before relocating to
Kent in December 2011
* Peter Baker (1921–1966), British Conservative MP for South
Mary Bristow (1781–1805), landscape gardener, owner of Quidenham
Bill Bryson , writer, has lived in the county since 2003.
Buxton , comedian and one half of Adam and Joe, moved to
Norfolk in 2008
* Richard Condon , Theatre Royal,
Norwich and Pavilion Theatre,
Cromer Pier manager
* Revd Richard Enraght , 19th century clergyman, religious
controversialist, Rector of St Swithun,
Liza Goddard TV and stage actress, lives in the village of
Trisha Goddard , TV personality, lives in
Norwich and writes a
column in the local newspaper the
Eastern Daily Press .
Roderick Gordon , writer of Tunnels series, lives in North
Adriana Hunter , translator of French novels, lives in Norfolk.
John Major British Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997, has a holiday
home in Weybourne .
Alan Partridge , fictional tongue-in-cheek media personality
Steve Coogan . His feature film Alan Partridge: Alpha
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