Stow Bedon

Stow Bedon

St Botolph, Stow Bedon
Stow Bedon
 Stow Bedon shown within Norfolk
Area  13.68 km2 (5.28 sq mi)
Population 290 (2011 census)[1]
    density  21/km2 (54/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTL955963
Shire countyNorfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district NR17
Dialling code 01953
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK ParliamentSouth West Norfolk
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Coordinates: 52°31′46″N 0°52′50″E / 52.52948°N 0.88068°E / 52.52948; 0.88068

Stow Bedon /ˌst ˈbɛdən/ is a village of 287 inhabitants[2] increasing to 290 inhabitants at the 2011 Census, in the Breckland district of the English county of Norfolk.

The Domesday Book mentions Stow Bedon, but in limited detail.
The Inclosure Act however mentions Stow Bedon as a 'Free Village' and mentions how the village "maintained an independent spirit". Further records show that during Queen Victoria's Jubilee, instead of the traditional roasting of an ox, Stow Bedon only roasted a pig.

Kelly's Directory for 1883 records that Stow Bedon had a population of 324 with a total of 35 dwellings. It has been assumed in recent times however that the true number of houses during this period would have been greater.

Stow Bedon adjoins the hamlet of Lower Stow Bedon although the two often appear to be considered one village and the church of Breckles St Margaret is nearby.

The village fete is held annually in June, and the village church, St Botolphs, holds a flower festival.

The Great Eastern Pingo Trail, a 13-kilometre circular walk, starts and finishes here. Parking is on the A1075, in the old railway station yard.

Stow Bedon is closely connected to the towns of Watton, Attleborough and Thetford.


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 200,
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