Fun Norfolk Facts

Published: Thursday 9th Jan 2014

Written by: Laura Foster

Here is a list of some interesting Norfolk facts. How many did you already know?.........

Norfolk is the fifth largest county in England.

The Norfolk coast runs for nearly 100 miles, from Hopton on Sea to the Wash.

Norfolk has 659 medieval churches, the highest concentration in the world!

Norfolk has the most number of churches with round towers in the country. Norfolk 125, Suffolk 42, Essex 7, Sussex 3, Cambridgeshire 2, Berkshire 2.

The highest point in Norfolk is Beacon Hill near West Runton standing at 338ft above sea level.

Lord Nelson was born at the rectory at Burnham Thorpe on 29th September 1758.

Howard Carter the archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen grew up in Swaffham.

The largest Broad is Hickling which covers 141 hectares.

Thetford Forest is the largest lowland forest in Britain covering an area of 80 square miles.

At 23,000 square feet, St. Nichola’s Church in Great Yarmouth is the largest parish church in the country.

Robert Hales (1820-1863) the 'Norfolk Giant' is buried in West Somerton churchyard, he grew to the height of 7ft 6in.

Dragon Hall, in King Street in Norwich, is the only medieval merchant's trading hall known to have survived in Western Europe.

Norwich City Football club's song, “On The Ball City” is the oldest football chant still being sung in the UK today.

The spire of Norwich Cathedral is 315ft high.

The Caen stone, which was used to build the Cathedral, was brought to Norwich from Normandy.

The Domesday Book shows that during the 11th century, Norfolk was one of the most heavily populated counties. This remained the case until 1600.

The Adam and Eve pub in Bishopgate is the oldest in Norwich and was built in 1249 as a brewhouse for workers building the Cathedral.

Elm Hill is the most famous street in Norwich and was only saved from demolition by the casting vote of the Lord Mayor in 1924.

In 1963 The Beatles played a gig at the Grosvenor Rooms on Prince of Wales Road, Norwich.

At 365 feet, the balcony of Norwich City Hall is the longest in the UK.

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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