Village sign, Taverham
Taverham shown within Norfolk
Area 8.70 km2 (3.36 sq mi) Population 10,233 (2001 Census) - Density 1,176 /km2 (3,050 /sq mi) OS grid reference Parish Taverham District Broadland Shire county Norfolk Region East Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town NORWICH Postcode district NR8 Dialling code 01603 Police Norfolk Fire Norfolk Ambulance East of England EU Parliament East of England UK Parliament Norwich North List of places: UK • England • Norfolk
In 2001, Taverham had a population of 10,233. It has seen recent population growth with the building of Thorpe Marriott, a new residential development that straddles the boundary with the neighbouring village of Drayton. The patron saint of Taverham is St Walstan who according to legend lived and worked in the village in the 11th century.
Taverham has two state run first schools: Ghost Hill First School and Nightingale First School, and a public (privately owned) prep school: Taverham Hall School. Taverham Junior School (formerly St Edmunds Middle School and Taverham Middle School) educates children between the ages of 7 and 11 years. Taverham High School, as well as serving Taverham, has a catchment area that includes the adjoining villages of Felthorpe and Ringland. It has currently been awarded a specialist sports status. It educates children between the ages of 11 and 18.
There are a variety of small shops in Taverham, and the Taverham Nursery Centre has a large selection of shops (such as craft, jewellery, paper, kitchenary, pine furniture etc.).
Taverham also has a village hall, library, recreational ground (park), church, scout and guide hut (which also serves as the home of the local day-care centre), several takeaway shops, and two pubs: The Silver Fox and, in Thorpe Marriott, The Otter. Set in woodland on the Ringland Road, Taverham, is Roundwood, an Indoor Bowling Centre, with bar and function room.
A Taverham Brass Band is based in the village, providing entertainment across Norfolk and beyond, and performing at the bi-annual "Proms in the Park" concert "Exploding Brass!" held at Taverham Hall. 2004 was the band's 30th anniversary year, with the first of the October concerts (15 October 2004) falling exactly 30 years to the day from the inaugural committee meeting.
Church of St Edmund
Parts of St Edmund's church are believed to be pre-Norman - part of the nave, and the slightly later base of the tower, also notable for its round body but octagonal top, where it had to be rebuilt. It is a Grade I listed building. A church was standing in Taverham in 1086 when it was listed in the Domesday Survey.
A school existed in Taverham very early on, from at least the thirteenth century.
In the 19th century Taverham was a major producer of paper. Some of the paper which was produced at Taverham Mill was used in producing The Times, Bank of England banknotes and the Oxford English Dictionary. It also served the University Press at Cambridge. In 1830 the paper mill was attacked during the Swing Riots; a gardener, Robert West, was transported to Australia for his part in the riot. The mill closed in 1899.
In October 1944, a V-2 rocket exploded in woods near Taverham Hall.
Local Government Representation
Taverham is part of Broadland District and is represented on Broadland District Council by four councillors covering two electoral wards. Taverham South Ward covers everything south of the Fakenham Road except Cypress Close and Highland Road. Taverham North Ward includes much of Thorpe Marriott, all of the parts of Taverham that are on the Fakenham Road and north of it, plus Highland Road and Cypress Close.
Taverham is also has a county councillor representing the Taverham electoral division. This includes all of the Parish of Taverham.
- The successful singer and songwriter Cathy Dennis and the tennis player and BBC commentator Chris Bailey both lived in Taverham.
- Norfolk Mills - Taverham
- Taverham Church
- Taverham Brass Band
- Exploding Brass!
- Website with photos of Taverham St Edmund
- Taverham Evangelical Church Recordings
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