St Mary's church, Ditchingham
Ditchingham shown within Norfolk
Area 8.56 km2 (3.31 sq mi) Population 1,614 - Density 189 /km2 (490 /sq mi) OS grid reference Parish Ditchingham District South Norfolk Shire county Norfolk Region East Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town BUNGAY Postcode district NR35 Police Norfolk Fire Norfolk Ambulance East of England EU Parliament East of England List of places: UK • England • Norfolk
The civil parish has an area of 8.56 km2 (3.31 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 1614 in 695 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of South Norfolk.
The novelist Sir H. Rider Haggard, author of King Solomon's Mines, lived in Ditchingham and was churchwarden there for several years. He was born in Kessingland and had connections with the church in Bungay.
Lilias Rider Haggard, daughter of the famous novelist, edited I walked by Night, being the life and history of the King of the Norfolk Poachers, published in 1935 by Nicholson and Watson, London.
She also edited The Rabbit Skin Cap, a tale of a Norfolk countryman's youth, first published in 1939 and reprinted by the Norfolk Library, 1974, 1975, 1976, which is the life story of George Baldry, a local inventor and poacher in the early C20. The picture on the front cover of the hardback edition was of a Ditchingham school boy, Douglas Walter Gower, taken from a painting by the artist Edward Seago. The boy later in life found a mammoth's tooth in a gravel pit near an ancient long barrow on the Broome Heath. See Prehistoric Norfolk, which is now in the Norwich Castle museum.
Ditchingham is also the home of the "Chicken Roundabout", a traffic roundabout inhabited by a colony of chickens which has survived the construction of a bypass through their home. An attempt by the authorities to move them led to protests by local residents.
Parravani's ice creams were established in the village in the early C20 and Lamberts Coaches are another long established local company.
Much of the land surrounding the village belongs to the Ditchingham Hall estate, the seat of Earl Ferrers. The current owner is Robert Shirley, 13th Earl Ferrers former Conservative leader in the House of Lords.
- ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
- ^ "Ditchingham parish information". South Norfolk Council. 4 January 2006. http://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/democracy/Ditchingham_parish.asp. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
- ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
- ^ Literary Norfolk - includes images of the village Haggard's novel, "Montezuma's Daughter" is introduced: "Little things lead to great, men say, but here great things lead to little, for because of these tidings it comes about that I, Thomas Wingfield, of the Lodge and the parish of Ditchingham in the county of Norfolk, being now of a great age and having only a short time to live, turn to pen and ink. Ten years ago, namely, in the year 1578, it pleased her Majesty, our gracious Queen Elizabeth, who at that date visited this county, that I should be brought before her at Norwich. There and then, saying that the fame of it had reached her, she commanded me to give her some particulars of the story of my life, or rather of those twenty years, more or less, which I spent among the Indians at that time when Cortes conquered their country of Anahuac, which is now known as Mexico. But almost before I could begin my tale, it was time for her to start for Cossey to hunt the deer, and she said it was her wish that I should write the story down that she might read it .... Then I made bold to give her a great emerald that once had hung upon the breast of Montezuma's daughter, and of many a princess before her, and at the sight of it her eyes glistened brightly as the gem, for this Queen of ours loves such costly playthings. Indeed, had I so desired, I think that I might then and there have struck a bargain, and set the stone against a title; but I, who for many years had been the prince of a great tribe, had no wish to be a knight. So I kissed the royal hand, and so tightly did it grip the gem within that the knuckle joints shone white, and I went my ways, coming back home to this my house by the Waveney on that same day.
- ^ Chicken Rondabout website
- Bath Hills Footpath — Bungay Tourism
- James Lambert — Roll of Honour
- The Ice Cream Man — Parravanis
- Map sources for Ditchingham
- Information from Genuki Norfolk on Ditchingham.
- Information from NorfolkChurches.co.uk on St Mary's Church, Ditchingham
- Anglican Community of All Hallows information on the Anglican Community of All Hallows.
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