Quidenham

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Quidenham is a small rural village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.It covers an area of and had a population of 576 in 183 households as of the 2001 census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Breckland.

It is situated north-east of the town of Thetford and south-west of the city of Norwich.Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 230 - Diss & Harleston. ISBN 0-319-21862-7.

The place-name 'Quidenham' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as 'Cuidenham', and means 'Cwida's ham or village'. The name 'Cwida' corresponds to the Old High German name 'Quito'.Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.377.

There is a local tradition that Queen Boudica or Boadicea is buried in Quidenham. Quidenham Hall, the former seat of the Earls of Albemarle, is now a Carmelite nunnery and hospice for children.

The church of Quidenham St Andrew is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk.

Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit is partially located in Quidenham parish, albeit to the north-west of the village. Eccles Road railway station, on the Breckland Line between Cambridge and Norwich, is a similar distance to the north of the village.

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