The village of Claxton in South Norfolk lies some 8 miles or so to the southeast of the centre of Norwich. Although close to the city, Claxton is a rural village with most of its attractive land being farmed. It is also a historic village with archaeological evidence of settlement in pre-historic times. Today the most evident links with history are the church and the castle remains attached to Claxton Manor (see under HISTORY).
The population of the village at the 2011 census was 291, a 19% increase since 2001. The village is mostly clustered along The Street from Claxton Corner, past the village hall, as far as the small humpback bridge which crosses Carleton Beck. St Andrew’s Church (photos right), parts of which date from the 12th Century, is half a mile away on a hill overlooking fields and marshland. Farmhouses and other domestic dwellings are scattered widely across the whole of the Parish.
This website aims to give you access to all you need to know to live in or visit Claxton. There are pages for community groups and organisations including the Village Hall, the Church, the Pits Trust charity, the monthly Community Café, the South Yare Wildlife Group and the Parish Council.
There are links to other sites for information about medical services, police and security, history, environment, local and regional government.
This site is designed for two-way communication. Letters on anything to do with the Parish or this site are welcomed and an e-mail address is provided for this.
Contributions of photographs, articles and updates on activities in the village are vital to keep this web site fresh and informative. We also aim to publish brief profiles of Claxton Personalities, past and present.
Claxton is a beautiful place to live in with access to many miles of paths and bridleways. It enjoys a varied panorama from river views to marshland and rolling open countryside, and is surrounded by other historic places and attractive villages. It is on the Wherryman’s Way, a 35-mile recreational route following the course of the River Yare between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, and National Cycle Route Number 1 passes through the village.