New Buckenham

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The route takes you along footpaths, tracks and country lanes from New Buckenham to Old Buckenham, two very ancient rural villages. The castle, now in ruins, was built in New Buckenham in 1146 by the son of William d' Albini. New Buckenham has many old and interesting houses and the church was built in 1248 by Sir Robert de Tateshale. Old Buckenham has one of the largest commons in the country in the centre of the village. The Green Rights Holders were granted the rights in mediaeval times and no building is allowed on it. The windmill was built in 1818 and has the widest tower in the country. It was first owned by Mr Colman, of Colman's Mustard and Prince & Princess Singh of Elveden Hall.
The almshouses were built in 1868 by Robert Cocks, for the deserving poor and aged of the village. There are two excellent pubs. The church is 12th Century and the castle site was given by William's son to the Black Canons of the Augustinian order.

England - East England - Norfolk - Countryside

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Birds, Castle, Church, Pub, Toilets
10/07/2015 - Malcolm Watts

A good route taking in the attractive villages of Old and New Buckenham and covering a mixture of terrain, but not to be recommended in crop season. I walked the route on 08/07/15 and found that the field margins were very overgrown, with waist high oilseed rape, nettles and long grass. Clearly the paths are not used very much, so disappear with the undergrowth. Probably an excellent expedition in late Autumn or early Spring though.

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