Edgefield Village

Edgefield is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk with an electorate of 384. The village is 13.6 miles (21.9 km) east-north-east of the town of Fakenham, 12.4 miles (20.0 km) west-south-west of Cromer. The nearest town is Holt which lies 3.3 miles (5.3 km) north of the village. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich.

Edgefield’s name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and derives from the Old English for an enclosed area of parkland. In the Domesday Book, Edgefield is listed as a settlement of 36 households in the hundred of Holt. In 1086, the village was divided between the East Anglian estates of Peter de Valognes and Ranulf, brother of Ilger.

During the Second World War, defensive emplacements including a mortar battery and searchlight were built in Edgefield in preparation for a potential German invasion of Great Britain. Source – Wikipedia

The village is spread over a large area with the centre concentrated around a village pond. There is a public house “The Pigs”,  & it has a garage. The War Memorial which stands on the village green, alongside the Norwich to Holt road, was renovated at a cost of £1,968 in 2004. The Memorial was rededicated on Remembrance Sunday of that year.

Edgefield has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085. In the great book Edgefield is recorded by the name of Edisfelda, the main landholders being Peter de Valognes and his main tenant, said to be Humphrey from Ranulf, brothers of Ilger. There is said to be a mill and 2 beehives. The village is described as being near the River Geet.

Edgefield’s parish church was rebuilt in the late-Nineteenth Century in the Perpendicular style from the remains of an earlier Medieval church under the leadership of J.D. Sedding and Rev. Walter Macron. The church also possesses good examples of Twentieth Century stained glass by John Hayward and a font made from Purbeck Marble and dating from the Thirteenth Century.[6] Rev. Marcon is commemorated in the church where he is depicted riding his bicycle in a stained-glass window, which also commemorates the building of the church. The 13th century tower from the Medieval church still stands in a farmyard on the road to Hunworth. It is octagonal in shape and built from flint and carrstone. The remnants and tower of the old church were renovated with grants from English Heritage in 1981. The rector and P.C.C. still have the responsibility for the tower, while responsibility for the churchyard has been passed to the civil authorities.

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