is a village and civil parish
in the Breckland
district of Norfolk
, on the River Little Ouse
, not far from Diss
. The parish had a population of 270 in approximately 100 households, according to the 2001 census.
Features of Blo' Norton include some attractive fen land and the village church. The unusual name of the village has earned it a reference in the Bill Bryson
book Notes From A Small Island
and a brief mention on the Channel 4 TV show So Graham Norton
. The name reputedly derives from ‘Blae’, old Saxon
meaning both ‘cold’ and ‘blue’. The ‘blue’ could refer to the woad
plant that grows in wetter areas and is a source of traditional blue dye. ‘Norton’ is a settlement on the north side of the river.
There is evidence of people living in the area from Saxon times, and perhaps from the Romano-British
period. Aerial photographs show outlines of buildings and tracks that are possibly from the Romano-British period, near to Blo' Norton Hall.
Blo' Norton Hall
Blo' Norton Hall is an impressive moated Elizabethan manor, situated at the end of a long avenue of lime trees immediately before Blo' Norton Church.In the summer of 1906 Virginia Woolf
(1882–1941) came to stay at Blo' Norton Hall. This visit inspired her short story, The Journal of Miss Joan Martyn
Prince Frederick Duleep Singh
Prince "Freddy" Frederick Duleep Singh
(1868–1926) lived at Blo' Norton Hall for the last 20 years of his life and is buried in... Read More