great massignham

Gt. Massingham, one of Norfolk’s most attractive villages, is located approximately 40 miles west of Norwich and 13 miles east of King’s Lynn. It has one of the most impressive greens in the country with several large ponds (home to the dabbling ducks!), which were originally fish ponds for an 11th century Augustinian Abbey.

Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was educated in the village before going on to build the breathtaking Houghton Hall nearby.

It is possible that the origins of Gt. Massingham date back as far as the 5th Century AD when the area was inhabited in the wake of the Roman withdrawal, by a group of Angles and Saxons whose leader’s name was Maesron. The settlers were known as Maersings, hence "Maersingham" – later spelt as Massingham.

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The centre of the village is dominated by the great square tower of St. Mary’s church which was built in the 15th Century. It is a beautifully proportioned structure, with diagonal buttresses tapering up in four stages to the battlements and corner pinnacles at the top. It houses four bells, three of which were re-cast in 1903 and The Dabbling Duck looks straight out at the Church.

the church

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Agriculture has been the source of Massingham’s wealth and survival over many hundreds of years and still plays an important role today. More recent history is reflected in the remains of Massingham Airfield which was home to a number of RAF Bomber Squadrons during the Second World War, the three bedrooms in the Dabbling Duck have been named after pilots who were stationed there.

the air field

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The impressive Houghton Hall was built in the early 18th century for Sir Robert Walpole, the first British Prime Minister and is a key building in the history of Palladian architecture in England with magnificent interiors designed by William Kent. The Estate is owned by the current Marquess of Cholmondeley, holder of the office of the hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England.

There is a Model Soldier Museum housing one of the largest collections in the world with 20,000 pieces on display. There is a picnic and play area for childrenwith a licensed restaurant and Gift Shop.

Houghton Estate also has a large herd of beautiful white Fallow Deer along with several other exotic deer species.

houghton hall

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Sandringham is the Royal country retreat and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house itself is set in 60 acres of stunning gardens with stunning displays of ornamental plants, trees, streams and lakes.

The entire Estate is enormous covering 20,000 acres of countryside. Sandringham Country Park consists of 600 acres of woodland and heath which is open to the public free of charge every day of the year. The Visitors Centre at the Country Park has a gift shop, tea room/restaurant and small garden center.


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