Lyng, Norfolk


The Mill House on the River Wensum at Lyng
 Lyng shown within Norfolk
Area  7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
Population 807 (2011)[1]
    density  101/km2 (260/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG 068 176
Shire countyNorfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR9
Dialling code 01603
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK ParliamentMid Norfolk
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Coordinates: 52°43′03″N 1°03′37″E / 52.71741°N 1.0604°E / 52.71741; 1.0604

Lyng is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the River Wensum, some 10 km (6.2 mi) north-east of the town of East Dereham and 20 km (12 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich.

The civil parish has an area of 7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi) and in the 2011 census had a population of 807 in 356 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.

St. Margaret's Church and The Fox (local public house) are located closer to the river with the shop located centrally in the village.


St Margaret's Church

In medieval times Lyng had two churches. The Church of St. Edmund was the church of the nearby Benedictine monastery. It fell into ruin when disused after being abandoned in the 12th century all but a small stone pillar has disappeared. The church of Saint Margaret is still in use today and has regular services operated by the Church Of England.

Externally, the church appears to be 17th to 18th century, due to a large renovation that took place around that time. The nave dates from the 15th century, when it was most probably enlarged from the original medieval church which stood there.

Lyng St Margaret also houses a very historic artifact of an altar cloth which was made in the 19th century from at least two vestments from the 15th century.

Other features

The Fox at Lyng

Lyng also has a Motocross track which holds the British Motocross Championship annually. The track is located to the south of the village.

Lyng Eastaugh

The hamlet of Lyng Eastaugh lies to the east of the main village near Weston Longville. It houses the ruins of a nunnery called St. Edmund's Chapel. The settlement was dissolved in 1176 when the nunnery moved to St. George's Nunnery, Thetford.


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
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