Martham


Martham

Coordinates: 52°42′30″N 1°37′58″E / 52.70844°N 1.63282°E / 52.70844; 1.63282

Martham
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St Mary, Martham
Martham is located in Norfolk
Martham

 Martham shown within Norfolk
Area  11.84 km2 (4.57 sq mi)
Population 3,216 
    - Density  272 /km2 (700 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TG455185
Parish Martham
District Great Yarmouth
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GREAT YARMOUTH
Postcode district NR29
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places: UK • England • Norfolk

Martham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk and within the Broads National Park. It is situated some 15 km (9.3 mi) north-west of the town of Great Yarmouth and 30 km (19 mi) north-east of the city of Norwich.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 11.84 km2 (4.57 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 3,126 in 1,267 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Great Yarmouth. In recent years the population has expanded with considerable building of new housing. There is a good bus service to Great Yarmouth.[2] There was formerly a Martham railway station, but this closed in 1959.

The village has several Georgian houses, a large green and duck pond. Near the church, a lane leads to the former location of Martham Ferry across the River Thurne. The ferry no longer exists, but has been replaced by a swing bridge, which can only be crossed by the public on special occasions.[3] About 2 km (1.2 mi) to the north of the village is Martham Broad, a 140 acres (57 ha) nature reserve.

The Saxons settled in Martham around AD600 and gave the village its name, "the ham of the martens", the home of the polecats.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
  3. ^ "Highham Holmes open day". Broads Authority. http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/events/event-details.html?id=4142. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  4. ^ http://www.martham.gov.uk/History/history.htm

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