The Village sign
 Trimingham shown within Norfolk
Area  2.33 km2 (0.90 sq mi)
Population 485 (Including Sidestrand parish, 2011 census)[1]
    density  208/km2 (540/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG275387
    London  139 miles (224 km) 
Civil parishTrimingham
DistrictNorth Norfolk
Shire countyNorfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town CROMER
Postcode district NR27
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK ParliamentNorth Norfolk
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Coordinates: 52°53′49″N 1°23′13″E / 52.897°N 01.387°E / 52.897; 01.387

Trimingham is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[2] The village is 5.9 miles (9.5 km) north of North Walsham, 6.3 miles (10.1 km) east of Cromer and 24.8 miles (39.9 km) north of the city of Norwich. The village straddles the B1159 coastal road between Cromer and Mundesley. Near-by road communications with Gimingham are the A140 to Norwich. The nearest railway station is at Gunton for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich.The nearest airport is at Norwich International Airport. It is very close to the village of Overstrand and has a small church.

The Parish Church

The church of Saint John the Baptist's Head.

The spireless parish church of Trimingham is called St John the Baptist's Head. This strange dedication to John the Baptists head dates from the medieval period. During this time a life size alabaster head of the saint was kept at the church and pilgrims in this country came to the church to the shrine altar, rather than make the journey to Amiens Cathedral where a relic said to be the real head of John the Baptist was kept. The alabaster head did not survive and although it is unknown exactly what happened to it, it has been suggested that it was probably destroyed by Anglican reformers as a result of the 1538 Injunction against images during the reign of Henry VIII. Another theory is that the head was destroyed as a result of a further injunction which was rigorously imposed in 1547, during the early weeks of the reign of Edward VI. Today an Alabaster head survives in the Victoria and Albert Museum and it is thought that the head at Trimingham was exactly like the head in the museum collection. To this day, the nearby Village hall is called pilgrim shelter as a reminder of Trimingham’s past as a site of pilgrimage. The church has a short tower which is thought to be unfinished. It has heavy buttresses on the west elevation which suggest that a fault in the construction of the church may well have been the reasoning for the unfinished tower. The nave to the east cuts around the buttress to embrace it. This peculiarity may be partly the result of a restoration by Thomas Jekyll in the 1850s. Pevsner.[3] states in his survey book, that Thomas Jekyll completely rebuilt the nave of which the most notable feature is the way that the tower buttresses on the east side project into the nave. The churches rood screen is very small with four figures on either side of the entrance to the chancel. The figures are St Edmund with his arrow, St Clare with her book and monstrance, St Clement with his anchor and crozier, and St James in his pilgrim's robes. On the south side are St Petronella with her book and keys, St Cecilia with her garland of flowers, St Barbara with her tower, and St Jeron with his hawk. The east window of the church is credited to H Wilkinson and dates from 1925.[4] the window depicts Christ in Majesty flanked by St Michael and St Gabriel, with the symbols of the four Evangelists surrounding them.

Trimingham "Golf" ball

RAF Trimingham
Trimingham Beach

Trimingham is home to RAF Trimingham (RAF Neatishead), a remote air defence radar station shaped like a giant golf ball on the edge of the cliff on the coast road. In November 2006, the Ministry of Defence admitted that the Type 93 radar spinning inside the dome had been out of alignment between November 2005 and February 2006, causing car engines and lights to cut out, and speedometer dials swung up to 150 mph as motorists drove past. Having previously denied problems, the MoD said it will consider claims for compensation after an inquiry found the radar was "out of alignment". A local garage owner who runs the nearest garage at Mundesley, said he dealt with 30 calls over a couple of months.[5]

Trimingham Beach

Trimingham has a secluded beach that is popular with surfers, jet skiers, dog walkers and night-fishermen. It is reached by a steep one-vehicle only road accessed via a lane just past the building that used to be the Ingleside public house which is now a private residence. The cliff face at Trimingham has the youngest chalk in the United Kingdom and it is possible to collect shells, bivalves, crinoids and oysters from here. The chalk has been prevented from washing out to sea although it remains very dirty and poorly exposed. The cliffs at Trimingham are suffering badly from coastal erosion.[6]


The village has a football team called the Trimingham Pilgrims. Also known as "The Trimms", they are the only team in the country with a 100% unbeaten record, having played almost 1 game with 1 draw, a 7-7 thriller with Brian Munich. They are captained by Leigh "Optimus Prime" Brown who once appeared in Celebrity Big Brother as the worlds largest man.


Trimingham was once served by Trimingham railway station on the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Railway between Cromer and North Walsham. It was closed in 1953.


  1. "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. Ordnance Survey, Explorer Sheet 252, Norfolk Coast East, ISBN 978-0-319-46726-8
  3. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, By Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson ISBN 0-300-09607-0
  4. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, By Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson ISBN 0-300-09607-0
  5. RAF radar affected cars says MoD
  6. Map & Address for Trimingham Beach
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