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Bawsey is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is about 4 miles (6.4 km) east of the town of King's Lynn and 40 miles (64 km) west of the city of Norwich.[1][2] The village sits astride of the B1145 Kings Lynn to Mundesley road that dissects North Norfolk west to east.

View towards the ruined St James Church at Bawsey (geograph 4255210).jpg
The ruins of St James' Church
Bawsey is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area6.81 km2 (2.63 sq mi)
Population216 (2011)
• Density32/km2 (83/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF680198
Civil parish
  • Bawsey
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE32
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°44′59″N 0°29′16″E / 52.74970°N 0.48766°E / 52.74970; 0.48766Coordinates: 52°44′59″N 0°29′16″E / 52.74970°N 0.48766°E / 52.74970; 0.48766

The civil parish has an area of 6.81 square kilometres (2.63 sq mi) and in the 2011 census had a population of 216 in 105 households.[3] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.[4] It forms part of the North West Norfolk constituency, represented by Henry Bellingham (Conservative). Norfolk County Council is responsible for roads, some schools, and social services.

The church was dedicated to St James and has been in ruins since at least 1745, its distinctive remains will be familiar to anyone who has travelled the A149 towards Hunstanton, standing high on a hill at church farm, the building and its surrounding area were the subject of a live dig by the Time Team programme in 1998, they determined it started life as a monastic settlement before becoming the parochial church of Bawsey, also during the weekend dig, the Norman arch under the former central tower was restored after it had collapsed some years before.[5]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 250 - Norfolk Coast West. ISBN 0-319-21886-4
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 236 - King's Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 0-319-21867-8
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001)
  5. ^

Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.

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