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Old Buckenham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, approximately 29 km (18 miles) south-west of Norwichmarker.It covers an area of and had a population of 1,294 in 658 households as of the2001 censusFor the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Brecklandmarker.

History

Toponymy

Old Buckenham was listed as Bucham, Buccham or Bucheham in the 1068 Domesday Book. The name comes from the Old English for "homestead of a man called Bucca".

Nineteenth century

During the nineteenth century there was a small Sandemanian community in the village which the natural philosopher Michael Faraday visited many times in the 1850s and 1860s.

Governance

Old Buckenham is in the Buckenham ward of the district of Brecklandmarker. It is part of the constituency of South West Norfolkmarker, represented at parliamentmarker by Conservative MP Christopher Fraser. It is part of the East of England constituency of the European Parliamentmarker.

Geography

Old Buckenham is in the southern part of the county of Norfolk, approximately 29 km (18 miles) south-west of Norwichmarker and about 5 km (3 miles) south of its post town, Attleboroughmarker. Nearby villages include New Buckenhammarker, Puddledock, Wilby and Banham.

Education

Old Buckenham has a high school, a primary school, a semi-professional Josh Peaks look-a-like and a playgroup. It has a village shop.

Leisure

Old Buckenham Cricket Club has been a successful cricket team within the Norfolk Cricket Alliance for many years, mainly within the Premier League. However after a poor season in 2008, the First team were relegated and are currently top of the First Division. For more information on the club, refer to their website at www.oldbuckenham.play-cricket.com.

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