Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Castle Acre, Norfolk, England

Close This is the area where my paternal ancestors lived in the 1600's.  By 1806 some  immigrated to Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, then to Dunnville, Lambton, Ontario by 1863, Petrolia Ontario by 1870 and westward ho to the prairies by 1891. 

Castle Acre

Castle Acre is located in Norfolk
Castle Acre
Castle Acre Priory.jpg
The Priory, Castle Acre
Castle Acre is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is situated on the River Nar some 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the town of Swaffham. It is 15 miles (24 km) east of the town of King's Lynn, 33 miles (53 km) west of the city of Norwich, and 103 miles (166 km) from London.[1][2]
The village is best known today for the twin ruins of Castle Acre Castle and Castle Acre Priory, which lie immediately to the east and west of the village respectively. Both were founded soon after the Norman Conquest by William de Warenne, the first Earl of Surrey. At its heyday, Castle Acre played an important role in the affairs of the State, with many visits from royalty. Castle Acre itself was once a fortified town and still possesses one of its gates, the Bailey Gate. When first established, Castle Acre was one of the finest examples of Norman town planning in the country, and much of this can still be seen.[3]
The civil parish has an area of 13.18 km2 (5.09 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 799 in 370 households. The parish shares boundaries with the adjacent parishes of Rougham, Great Massingham, West Acre, South Acre, Newton by Castle Acre and Lexham. The parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. Local government responsibilities are shared between the parish, district and county councils.[4][5]
The village lies some 0.5 miles (0.80 km) west of the A1065 Mildenhall to Fakenham road, but is clearly visible from the road. The hamlet of Fiddler's Green lies to the northeast of the village.

 Castle Acre shown within Norfolk
Area 13.18 km2 (5.09 sq mi)
    - Density 61 /km2 (160 /sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF816151
    - London 103 miles (166 km) 
DistrictKing's Lynn and West Norfolk
Shire countyNorfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE32 2
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places: UK • England • Norfolk

Castle Acre

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