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Newton Flotman is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, approximately 8 miles south of Norwich. It lies on the A140 road, north of Tasburgh and south of Swainsthorpe, and the River Tas flows through it. It covers an area of 4.87 km2 (1.88 sq mi) and had a population of 1,197 in 497 households at the 2001 census,[1] the population increasing to 1,489 at the 2011 census.[2] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of South Norfolk.

Governance[edit]

An electoral ward of the same name exists. This ward stretches west to Wreningham with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 2,658.[3]

Facilities and amenities[edit]

Newton Flotman has a church, St Mary’s, which is part of the Tas Valley team ministry, which also comprises churches in SwainsthorpeTasburghTharstonSaxlingham and Shotesham.[4] In 2006, a new extension was opened, providing the church with larger meeting space, as well as kitchenand toilet facilities.[5]

Newton Flotman Primary School caters for children of primary school age living in Newton Flotman, Swainsthorpe and Saxlingham Thorpe. The nearest secondary school is Long Stratton High School.

Village Hall, a motorcycle garage and a theatre school, known as ARTS, are all found within Newton Flotman.

The village currently has no shop. A convenience store was opened in the former premises of the post office in March 2007, however it has since closed.[6]

Alan King has two places named after him in Newton Flotman; Alan King Playing Field and Alan Avenue.

There is also an area of land known as Smockmill Common – managed by South Norfolk District Council, in Saxlingham Thorpe near Newton Flotman, which is used for recreational purposes.

Newton Flotman Football Club is based in the village.

An Elizabethan Country mansion, Rainthorpe Hall, is located close by, on the road between Newton Flotman and Flordon.

Transport[edit]

The village’s location by the A140 road, which runs between Cromer in North Norfolk and Ipswichin Suffolk, provides it with excellent road links.

Newton Flotman is served by regular buses to Norwich and Long Stratton, operated by First Norfolk & Suffolk and Simonds of Botesdale.

The railway line between Norwich and London’s Liverpool Street station passes through the west side of the village at a level crossing, but there is no station. The nearest station is Norwich.

Notable residents[edit]

The village was the home of the Blonumvyll or Blunderville family in the 15th century: Richard & William.[7] Thomas Blundeville (c. 1522 – 1606), humanist writer and mathematician, lived as a country gentleman in the village.[8]

 

 

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