West Dereham

West Dereham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 13.51 km2 (5.22 sq mi) and had a population of 440 in 176 households as of the 2001 census,[1] the population increasing to 450 at the 2011 Census.[2] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

West Dereham
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Church of St Andrew
West Dereham is located in Norfolk
West Dereham
West Dereham
Location within Norfolk
Area13.51 km2 (5.22 sq mi)
• Density33/km2 (85/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF 656 009
Civil parish
  • West Dereham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE33
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°34′51″N 0°26′38″E / 52.58091°N 0.44382°E / 52.58091; 0.44382Coordinates: 52°34′51″N 0°26′38″E / 52.58091°N 0.44382°E / 52.58091; 0.44382
Signpost in West Dereham

It is situated some 4 miles (6.4 km) east of the town of Downham Market, 12 miles (19 km) south of the larger town of King's Lynn and 37 miles (60 km) west of the city of Norwich. The village should not be confused with the mid-Norfolk town of Dereham (sometimes also called East Dereham), which lies about 25 miles (40 km) away.[3]

St Mary's Abbey, West Dereham, was founded in 1188 by Hubert Walter, Dean of York, at his birthplace.

Abbey and West Dereham railway station was on the line between Downham Market and Stoke Ferry.

Church of St AndrewEdit

The church of St Andrew is a Grade I listed building.[4] It is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk.


  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 236 - King's Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 0-319-21867-8.
  4. ^ "Images of England". English Heritage.

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