Weeting is one of the earliest inhabited parts of Norfolk, the flint mines at Grimes Graves confirm this. Items of pottery, coins, brooches etc found in Weeting prove that Bronze Age people, Romans and Saxons also had settlements here.
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To the South and West of the Village is the well-known nature reserve of Weeting Heath, a significant nesting site for one of Britain’s most endangered birds, the Stone Curlew.
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The church is pretty much all Victorian inside, with a good 1905 east window. It depicts the Ascension, and is by George Parlby, probably his only work in East Anglia. It would be fair to say that it dominates the church, but this is not necessarily a bad thing, for the place would be rather characterless without it.
In 1642 Thomas Shadwell, the Poet Laureate, was born at Bromehill House, on the site of the old Priory.
Surrounded on three sides by the Thetford Forest Park, Weeting is a village in the Breckland District of Norfolk, though geographically close to the border with Suffolk. The current population is about 2,000.
I put my camera under my coat, and we set off to take a look inside.
The Weeting Steam Rally and Country Fair is held annually in July, and regularly attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors over the three days of the event.
Weeting is a local services centre, with a thriving Primary School, a Village Shop and Post Office, a Garage, a Fish and Chip Shop and a Pub, aptly named “The Saxon”. There is a very well used Village Hall, hosting a large number of local clubs and societies, and a Lawn Bowls Club. The Village Playing Field has recently been granted QE11 Diamond Jubilee Playing Field status, and is well equipped for children of all ages. There are both Junior and Senior Football Clubs.
It was fascinating, and I was glad we'd seen them before they were locked away in a safe in Ely again.
He wasn't terribly pleased to hear from me. "We keep the church locked. We don't encourage visitors. We've had lots of trouble. Lots of things nicked, lots of damage." He had a strong accent, a reminder that it is still ordinary local people who keep the Church of England going, not the pen-pushers in Diocesan House.
Present day Weeting stems largely from the development of land forming part of the Weeting Hall Estate in the years after the Second World War. Weeting Hall itself was demolished in 1954, and much of the estate had been used for military purposes during and after the war. The wide concrete roadways of Saxon Place were constructed by the army to park tanks on.
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Weeting is a village in Norfolk, England. The population can be found in the civil parish of Weeting-with-Broomhill.
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When the Normans arrived they built Weeting Castle and Broomhill Priory. Weeting is listed in the Doomsday Book, spelt "Wetynge" - meaning wet fields.
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We staggered back through the rain, slipping on the wet grass. On the edge of the graveyard was a noticeboard. There wasn't a keyholder notice, but there was one of those in case of emergency notices which parishes have been browbeaten into putting up. I found the churchwarden's number and rang it.
“The Row”, believed to be the longest terrace of thatched cottages in the country is a much photographed landmark in the centre of the village.
The ruins of a substantial early medieval moated manor house, built in local flint.
Weeting has many thatched cottages and is home to one of the longest continuous lines of thatched roofed houses. Unfortunately in January 2007 the thatched roof caught fire initially only damaging one house, however four years later another fire ravaged one half of the whole row. The row is believed to be dated between the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
NWT Weeting Heath is just west of Brandon on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Leave Brandon going north on the A1065 to Mundford. Cross the railway line on the outskirts of the town, then turn left to Weeting and Methwold. In the village of Weeting, turn left to Hockwold cum Wilton. The car park and visitor centre are signed 2.5km west of Weeting. Entrance is from the car park on the Weeting-Hockwold cum Wilton road. Caution – traffic is fast along this road.