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Potter Heigham is a village and civil parish on the River Thurnemarker in the Englishmarker county of Norfolk. It is situated some north-east of the city of Norwichmarker on the A149 road, and on The Broads.

The civil parish has an area of and in the 2001 census had a population of 961 in 425 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.

Potter Heigham has a medieval bridge, believed to date from 1385, and famous for being the most difficult to navigate in the Broads. The bridge opening is so narrow that only small cruisers can pass through it, and then only at low water, usually with the help of a pilot - there is a fee of £20 - £10 each way for holiday craft in the summer. A modern roadbridge is close by.

The village is part of the Ludham - Potter Heigham NNRmarker, a National Nature Reserve. The Weavers Way, a long distance footpath, passes through the village on its way from Cromermarker to Great Yarmouthmarker.

Broads Haven

Broads Haven
One of Potter Heigham's biggest and most striking features is the Broads Haven building, which is located next to the bridge. The building currently houses offices for Waterside Estate Agents and Waterside Marine Sales.

Church of St Nicholas

Church of St Nicholas
Potter Heigham church is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen and children. The earliest surviving feature is the round tower, which dates from the 12th century and has a 14th-century octagonal extension, one of the best preserved in the country.

Inside it is famed for its hammerbeam roof and almost unique 15th-century brick font. The church also contains a scheme of wall paintings dating from the 14th century, the most readable of which depicts the Seven Works of Mercy. When the roof was re-thatched it required about 1850 bundles of reed. It is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. The church is a Grade I listed building.

Buildings of Note

Apart from the church of St Nicholas and the medieval bridge, Potter Heigham has a number of buildings of historic or architectural note. These include Heigham Holes windpump to the east of the parish, High's mill on the River Thurne, and Sunways corn mill, all of which are listed buildings.

Potter Heigham at War

The parish of Potter Heigham has a number of features related to the World Wars. Hickling Broadmarker, to the north of the parish, was used as a seaplane base during World War I. Part of Ludham Airstrip, a now shrunken remnant of a larger World War II airbase, is also built on parish lands, and there were a number of defensive structures around the medieval bridge.

Sidney Grapes

The Norfolk humourist Sidney Grapes lived and worked in Potter Heigham. He was famous for his collection of Norfolk dialect letters entitled The Boy John Letters, which were originally published in the Eastern Daily Press.


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