Lenwade is a village[2] in the civil parish of Great Witchingham, Norfolk, situated in the Wensum Valley adjacent to the A1067 road 14 miles (23 km) south-east of Fakenham and some 11 miles (18 km) north-west of Norwich. The River Ainse (or Eyn) joins the Wensum at Lenwade. The population of the village is included in the civil parish of Great Witchingham.

St Faith's church
Lenwade is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Population464 (2001)[1]
OS grid referenceTG1002718303
• London123 miles (198 km)
Civil parish
  • Great Witchingham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNorwich
Postcode districtNR9
Dialling code01603
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°43′16″N 1°06′37″E / 52.7212°N 1.1103°E / 52.7212; 1.1103Coordinates: 52°43′16″N 1°06′37″E / 52.7212°N 1.1103°E / 52.7212; 1.1103


The name may mean 'ford of the slowly moving river'. The first element has been the subject of much debate[by whom?] possibly meaning lane in the Scottish dialect sense of 'scarcely moving river'. The second element of the name is the Old English gewæd (ford).[3]

Industry and the local economyEdit

Concrete products

Much of the surrounding land is given over to agriculture. However, due to its geographical location Lenwade became the centre of the sand and gravel extraction and the manufacturing of concrete products in the Wensum valley during the middle to late 20th century. The legacy of this activity can be seen in the many flooded gravel pits in the area. Today, these now mature lakes are popular with anglers, naturalists and bird watchers.

Industry today is concentrated to the southeast of Lenwade between the A1067 road and the former railway line. Concrete products, metal recycling, joinery and double glazing items are produced in the area.

Local tourist attractions include Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure theme park and the Lenwade country house hotel features in its grounds the only licensed zoological garden in the UK.[4]

The Church of St FaithEdit

Located on the busy A1067 Fakenham Road, the building started life as a Victorian mission church originally dedicated to All Saints. Despite its central location the church was little used and became redundant. Today, the church is fenced off and planned to become a residential development (July 2008).[5]


The post office

Amenities in the village include a village hall, primary school, doctor's surgery, general stores, garage, tea-rooms, butchers, bakers and a fish and chip shop.

Located close to A1067 and the River Wensum is the late 18th century Bridge Inn public house.[6] The pub garden adjoins The Bridge Lakes (former gravel pits) and a section of the river where angling is possible.[7] Matthew Brettingham's c.1741 triple arched brick bridge is depicted on the pub's sign. The bridge was demolished in 1993 and replaced by today's steel bridge.[6][8]

Lenwade millEdit

The mill

There has been a watermill on the river at Lenwade for many centuries. The present building, dating from the late 19th century, has been converted to homes[9]

Railway historyEdit

The former Lenwade railway station

Lenwade railway station was built in 1882 with direct trains to Norwich and King's Lynn. Passenger traffic ceased in 1959, but due to Lenwade's important Anglian cement and concrete works the freight line was kept open to 1985. The former station today is a private residence and the track bed forms part of the Marriott's Way long distance footpath.[10]

Public transportEdit


Services are provided by the following companies and connect to Norwich and Fakenham.

Lenwade galleryEdit


  1. ^ 2001 census[permanent dead link] Retrieved 3 November 2008
  2. ^ Lenwade, Broadland - area information, map, walks and more Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  3. ^ Rye. J. Popular Guide to Norfolk Place Names (1991) ISBN 0-948400-15-3
  4. ^ Lenwade country house hotel Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 10 November 2008
  5. ^ St Faith church Retrieved 3 November 2008
  6. ^ a b Pevsner.N. & Wilson. B. The Buildings of England Norfolk3: North-West and South p25 (1999) Penguin books ISBN 0-14-071060-4 Retrieved 11 November 2008
  7. ^ The Bridge Inn[permanent dead link] Retrieved 31 October 2008
  8. ^ Matthew Brettingham Retrieved 7 November 2008
  9. ^ Lenwade Mill
  10. ^ Railway history Retrieved 4 November 2008
  11. ^ War Memorial, Lenwade

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