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Blo' Norton

Blo Norton is a small rural village situated just south of the A1066 between Thetford to the west and Diss to the east in South Norfolk. The bedrock is chalk and the village sits between 28m to 40m OD on the northern banks of the Little Ouse River. The name Blo Norton likely originates due to its position on the northern bank of the Little Ouse as Nortuna. The first record of 'Blo' added to name is in 1291, which in Middle English may have meant 'bleak or exposed'.

Settlement in the village is quite dispersed with no formal layout and the 13th century church of St Andrew’s is sited in a quiet position to the northwest of the village. The village also boasts a 16th century moated hall house, Blo Norton Hall, who famous residents include both Virginia Woolf and Prince Frederick Duleep Singh.


Local Information Websites

Blo' Norton Parish Council Website

Blo' Norton Local History Group

Norfolk Heritage Explorer

British History Online

Heritage Gateway


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Test Pit Pottery Distribution Map 2015-2016


Click here for the summary report of the Blo' Norton test pitting results