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Methwold, Norfolk

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Methwold, Norfolk

This article is about the Norfolk village; for the seventeenth century English merchant see William Methwold {{#invoke:Coordinates|coord}}{{#coordinates:52.5167|0.55|region:GB_type:city(1476)|||||| |primary |name= }} Methwold 240px
Area 49.12 km Population 1,476      - Density 30 /km OS grid reference TL731940 Civil parish Methwold District King's Lynn and West Norfolk Shire county Norfolk Region East Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town THETFORD Postcode district IP26 Dialling code 01366 (Within UK) Police Fire Ambulance East of England EU Parliament East of England List of places UK England Methwold ("Middle forest") is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, on the edge of the Norfolk Fens and Brecklands It covers an area of 49.12 km and had a population of 1,476 in 591 households as of the 2001 census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. The parish also includes the hamlets of Methwold Hythe, approximately 1 mile east of the town and on the edge of the fens, and Brookville to the north west. Its economy is based on agriculture with a little light industry. The village is situated about 20 miles from King's Lynn and 15 miles north west of Thetford (its postal town). Methwold parish is the second largest parish in Norfolk in terms of land. The parish currently has approximately 20 farms ranging from about 60 acres up to 1,000 acres . Farming in Methwold and the surrounding areas accounts for a vast majority of jobs in the fens. Even if people don't farm, much of the work is connected with the land. According to John Marius Wilson, Methwold can technically be classed as market town following its market charter granted by King Charles I of England during a brief visit. Methwold became famous for its abundance and excellence of its rabbits which were sold by poulterers as "Muel Rabbits". A meal of Muel Rabbits was reputed to have pleased Charles I to such an extent that he granted the village a charter for the market to be held.
DistrictKing's Lynn and West Norfolk
Administrative CountyNorfolk
Traditional CountyNorfolk
OS GridTL7394
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityNorfolk
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorfolk
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorfolk
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01366 (Within UK)

Other names by which Methwold, Norfolk has been known in the past

Matelwalde ~ Methelwalde

Methwold, Norfolk in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Methwold, par. and vil., Norfolk, 5½ miles NW. of Brandon, 13,192 ac., pop. 1453; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank; has traces of a small priory.

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