Hockwold cum Wilton
("Hock/mallow wood and willow-tree farm/settlement"
) is 10 miles west of Thetford
and is in the borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk
. It is located near several USAF
airbases, notably RAF Lakenheath
and RAF Mildenhall
. It is situated on the boundary between the geographical areas of the Breckland
- a region of sandy heathland now largely forested - and the flat, low-lying Fens
, with some characteristics of both.
The village has two churches (St Peter's
and St James') and a Methodist chapel.
The village is also rumoured to be haunted by several ghosts. The gates of Hockwold Hall, a large manor house and estate, are said to be haunted by the White Lady, a cause of distraction to many drivers on their way through the village, while the Little Ouse River
that runs past the village is rumoured to be haunted by a group of nuns
and a horseman.
Originally, the village was located next to the river. However, after the black plague
infected the village, it was burnt down and relocated a mile to the north.