Methwold ("Middle forest") is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, on the edge of the Norfolk Fens and Breckland. With an area of 49.12 km2 (18.97 sq mi) it is the second largest parish in Norfolk. It had a population of 1,476 in 591 households at the 2001 census, increasing to 1,502 at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.
St George, Methwold
|Area||49.12 km2 (18.97 sq mi)|
|• Density||31/km2 (80/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||01366 (Within UK)|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
The parish also includes the hamlets of Methwold Hythe, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) east of the town and on the edge of the fens, and Brookville to the north west.
The Duchy of Lancaster Methwold CofE Primary School is located in the parish. The secondary and sixth form departments of Iceni Academy are also located in Methwold, previously being known as Methwold High School.
Methwold parish is the second largest parish in Norfolk in terms of land. The parish currently has approximately 20 farms ranging from about 60 acres (243,000 m2) up to 1,000 acres (4.0 km2). Farming in Methwold and the surrounding areas accounts for a vast majority of jobs in the fens. Even if people don't farm, much of the work is connected with the land.
Methwold became famous for its abundance and excellence of its rabbits which were sold by poulterers as "Muel Rabbits". According to John Marius Wilson, Methwold was formerly a market town given its market charter granted by King James I in 1718 during a brief visit. A meal of Muel Rabbits was reputed to have pleased the king to such an extent that he granted the village a charter for the market to be held.
- "Methwold". English Place-Name Society database. University of Nottingham. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
- Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- Wilson, John Marius (1872). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. (quoted online at: "Methwold Norfolk". A Vision of Britain Through Time. 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2010.)