Saham Toney

Saham Toney

Saint George Parish Church, Saham Toney
Saham Toney
 Saham Toney shown within Norfolk
Area  16.51 km2 (6.37 sq mi)
Population 1,507 (2011 census)[1]
    density  91/km2 (240/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF899020
    London  101 miles (163 km) 
Civil parishSaham Toney
Shire countyNorfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town THETFORD
Postcode district IP25
Dialling code 01953
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°34′57″N 0°48′12″E / 52.58261°N 0.80333°E / 52.58261; 0.80333

Saham Toney is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is 14.5 miles (23.3 km) North of Thetford, 27.3 miles (43.9 km) west of Norwich and 101 miles (163 km) north-east of London. The village lies 13.1 miles (21.1 km) west of the town of Attleborough.The nearest railway station is at Attleborough for the Breckland Line which runs between Cambridge and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. The civil parish has an area of 16.51 km2 (6.37 sq mi) and in 2001 had a population of 1565 in 680 households, reducing to 1,507 in 679 households at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.


There is evidence [2] that Saham Toney was close to a significant Romano-British settlement. The Peddars Way footpath, partly using remaining Roman roads, passes close to the village.

The village derives part of its name [3] from the 13-acre (53,000 m2) mere that is in the parish. The mere is well stocked with fish especially eels of two species, one noted for their delicious, and the other for their nauseous flavour, also one is of a peculiar shape. There are also large pike in the mere. The mere which is privately owned, is thought to be as old as the last Ice Age. The Toney part of the name comes from Roger de Toni, William the Conqueror’s standard bearer, and lord of the manor who added his name to the Saxon Saham which means town of the lake. The Mere is dangerous and access is by special permission of the owner only.

Village amenities

Amenities in the village include a public house, hotel and Parker’s VC C of E Primary school attended by over 100 pupils.

The Parish Church of Saint George

The Parish Church of Saint George is constructed from flint and has a 15th-century tower containing 6 bells and a clock.[3] The Church has some very beautiful stained glass windows, the east window of the chancel portrays the Last Supper, this was a gift by the late Rev. W. H. Parker, who restored the whole building at considerable expense in 1864. The nave arcades, clerestory, and part of the chancel date from the 14th century.

Notable residents

Former British Prime Minister, John Major was evacuated to the village from 1943-45, as an infant to avoid the war.[4]


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  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. Webster, Graham. "The Roman Invasion of Britain". Batsford London 1993. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  3. 1 2 The King’s England, Norfolk, by Arthur Mee, Page 264 ISBN 0-340-15061-0
  4. Major, John, The Autobiography, pg. 8
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