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Woodbastwick is a village and civil parish in the Englishmarker county of Norfolk. It is located on the River Buremarker between Cockshoot Broadmarker and Salhouse Broadmarker, within The Broads National Park and close to Bure Marshes NNRmarker (National Nature Reserve). The city of Norwichmarker lies to the south-east.

The village name relates to bast, a pliable substance found under the bark of the lime tree. Danishmarker and Saxon invaders used bast as a form of binding to tie leggings and other items. As a consequence, Woodbastwick's village sign shows two invaders tying their leggings.

Woodbastwick is an attractive village with thatched houses set around a village green, and the church of St Fabian & St Sebastian, also thatched. The Woodforde Broadland Brewery is located in the village and produces cask ales such as Wherry Bitter, Nelson's Revenge, Norfolk Nog, Headcracker and Norfolk Nips', (brewed to celebrate the ten years anniversary of the newsletter of the Norwich & Norfolk branch of CAMRA, it was the idea of Sarah & Rodney Dent, then editors of this magazine and was devised with Ray Ashworth (then director of the brewery) at one of the Bystanders Beer Festivals in Norwich. Norfolk Nips is a remake of the original Steward & Pattesons brew) which are also available bottle conditioned.

The civil parish has an area of and in the 2001 census had a population of 362 in 157 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Broadland.


  1. Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  2. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.

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