Potter Heigham

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Coordinates: 52°43′03″N 1°34′28″E / 52.71741°N 1.57432°E / 52.71741; 1.57432

Potter Heigham is a village and civil parish on the River Thurne in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated some 20 km (12 mi) north-east of the city of Norwich on the A149 road, and on The Broads.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 10.38 km2 (4.01 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 961 in 425 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.[2]

Potter Heigham has a medieval bridge, believed to date from 1385, and famous for being the most difficult to navigate in the Broads. The bridge opening is so narrow that only small cruisers can pass through it, and then only at low water, usually with the help of a pilot - there is a fee of £20 - £10 each way for holiday craft in the summer. A modern roadbridge is close by.

The village is part of the Ludham - Potter Heigham NNR, a National Nature Reserve. The Weavers Way, a long distance footpath, passes through the village on its way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth.


Broads Haven

One of Potter Heigham's biggest and most striking features is the Broads Haven building, which is located next to the bridge. The building currently houses offices for Waterside Estate Agents and Waterside Marine Sales.

Church of St Nicholas

Potter Heigham church is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen and children. The earliest surviving feature is the round tower, which dates from the 12th century and has a 14th-century octagonal extension, one of the best preserved in the country.[3]

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