Infobox UK place
official_name= Aylmerton
country= England
region= East of England
shire_district= North Norfolk
shire_county= Norfolk
civil_parish= Aylmerton

static_image_caption = Village road sign
population= 435 (parish, 2001 census) [ 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.]
os_grid_reference= TG2040
latitude= 52.91022
longitude= 1.24287
post_town= CROMER
postcode_area= NR
postcode_district= NR11
dial_code= 01263
constituency_westminster= North Norfolk
london_distance= convert|137|mi|km

Aylmerton is a village in the county of Norfolk, England. [ "OS Explorer Map 24” (Edition A 1997) – "Norfolk Coast Central". ISBN 0-319-21726-4.] It is in the area of North Norfolk and lies convert|2.2|mi|km south of the North Sea, convert|3.2|mi|km south-west of Cromer and convert|7.5|mi|km west of Holt. The parish is bordered by the parishes of Beeston Regis and Runton to the north, West Beckham to the west, Felbrigg to the east and Gresham and Sustead to the south. The village is ¾ miles south of the A148 King’s Lynn to Cromer road. The nearest railway stations are Cromer at convert|2.9|mi|km and Roughton Road at convert|4.1|mi|km. The civil parish has an area of 6.86 square kilometres and in the 2001 census the population was 435 in 178 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish is in North Norfolk, whose headquarters are in Cromer.


Aylmerton has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085 [The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,Norfolk page 186 ISBN 1858334403] . In the great book Aylmerton is recorded by the names Almartune, and Almertune. The main land holder being William de Warren and the main tennent was Roger Bigot. The survey also states there is ½ a church. In the Domesday survey fractions [The Normans in Norfolk, By Sue Margeson, Fabienne Seillier and Andrew Rogerson, Pub:1994, Page 21, ISBN 0 903101 62 9] were used to indicate that the entry, in this case a church, was on an estate that lay within more than one parish.

The Felbrigg Estate

The Felbrigg estate, owned by the National Trust, is close to the village lying to the east. The estate covers some convert|1760|acre|km2 of parkland and mixed woodland. The dominant feature is the convert|520|acre|km2|sing=on Great Wood which shelters the house.The estate has particular significance through the connections with Nathaniel Kent and Humphry Repton, both of whom were involved at Felbrigg in the early stages of their careers. A lake, which is invisible from the Hall, was created in the mid-18th century by damming the Scarrow Beck. A pleasant and attractive feature, the lake encourages a wide range of bio-diversity. To the west and north, pasture woodland merges into the Great Wood. Local residents continue to enjoy access to the network of footpaths, many being old rights of way, which run through grassland, woodland pasture and woods. Especially popular is the well-known “Lions Mouth”, an attractive beauty spot which can be reached from the main road (A148) and is particularly popular with walkers and ramblers. Particular care is taken with veteran trees, and there is a programme for gradual replacement of small 20th-century softwood plantations by hardwoods, notably sweet chestnut, beech and oak, which have long grown here.

The Parish Church

The parish church is called St John the Baptist and is a 15th-century building [Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, By Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson, Aylmerton entry. ISBN 0-300-09607-0 ] . It has a round flint tower, thought to be over 700 years old. The church stands above the village on the side of a small hillside. The priest’s room, which is over the porch, can be entered via the original ironbound door in the nave. The chancel windows date from the middle of the 14th century, and there are some beautiful carvings, a traceried screen dating 1500 and four elaborate bench ends with poppy heads which were carved over 400 years ago. There are the remains of a transept on the north side of the church, reduced when the nave was rebuilt.

tone Cross

One mile south of the village on Church Road, at a small junction of the Lower Gresham to Metton lane, is an ancient cross which has been restored. Aylmerton wayside cross (TG181388) is on the parish boundary with Gresham, and was said to be a guide to Walsingham. Three roads meet here, and a rough track heading westwards is said to have been part of the pilgrims' way heading to the holy shrines to be found there.

Aylmerton Gallery

ee also

"There is also Aylmerton, New South Wales in Australia"


External links

* [http://www.origins.org.uk/genuki/NFK/places/a/aylmerton/ Information from Genuki Norfolk] on Aylmerton.
* [http://www.roundtowerchurches.de/Karte/A5/Aylmerton_St_John_the_Baptist/aylmerton_st_john_the_baptist.html Website with photos of Aylmerton St John the Baptist]

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