Hoveton (pronounced /ˈhɒftən/) is a
villageand civil parishin the English county of Norfolk. It is located within the Norfolk Broads, and immediately across the River Burefrom the town of Wroxham. Whilst Hoveton is north of the river, Wroxham is south; but many people refer to the whole settlement as "Wroxham". [Ordnance Survey (2005). "OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads". ISBN 0-319-23769-9.]
The civil parish has an area of 10.2 km² and in the 2001 census had a population of 1,804 in 873 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of
North Norfolk. [Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). " [http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/consumption/groups/public/documents/general_resources/ncc017867.xls Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes] ". Retrieved December 2, 2005.]
Hoveton is served by
Hoveton and Wroxham railway station, which is on the Bittern Linefrom Norwichto Cromerand Sheringham, and which is the terminus of the narrow-gauge Bure Valley Railwayto Aylsham. The station was originally intended to be on the Wroxham side of the river, but there was a change of mind and the station is sited in Hoveton, which led to the station being named simply "Wroxham" for many years. It was changed to "Hoveton and Wroxham" in the early 1980s. Locals and regular visitors still refer to it as such, which can lead to confusion when purchasing a ticket in other parts of the country, and can result in being sold a ticket to Wrexham.
Hoveton has two churches, St Peter and St John.
Roy's of Wroxham, dubbed "the world's largest village store", was founded in
Coltishallby Alfred Roy in 1895, with a second store opening in Hoveton in 1899. Roy's includes a department store, a supermarket, a boutique, a garden centre, a toy shop, a garden centre, a DIY store, a discount shop and associated elements.It has a High School - Broadland High School - which has recently gained specialist school status for Mathematics and Computing. Head of Technology is Peter Taylor. Hoveton Hallis a 19th-century building attributed to Humphry Repton. Although the house is not open to the public, its gardens are a popular tourist attraction. One of the smaller broads, Bridge Broad, is in Hoveton, and Hoveton Great Broadand Hoveton Little Broadcarry the village's name.
Norfolklandscape painter John Crome, an associate of John Sell Cotmanand others of the Norwich school, made an etching of Hoveton in 1812.
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