Village Sign - Besthorpe, Norfolk
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 31.169 E 001° 02.579
31U E 367217 N 5820618
Quick Description: Village sign for Besthorpe, outside the parish church of All Saints.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/7/2021 1:33:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM13R46
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
Views: 1

Long Description:
Besthorpe village sign on Bunwell Rd, Besthorpe, outside All Saints' church.

The sign depicts a knight on horseback with a lance, and represents one of the few surviving tilting grounds in England, located at Besthorpe Hall. The windmill was one of very few not built of brick, but was built of clay lump, a common building material used around this area - During WWII it was deemed to be too much of a landmark for the Old Buckenham airfield and was blown up by the Americans (visit link) . The church of All Saints which stands apart from the village if also featured, along with the river which is a tributary draining into Shropham Fen.

"Besthorpe is a village and civil parish in the Breckland district of Norfolk, England, about a mile east of Attleborough, on the A11 road. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 561, increasing to 778 at the 2011 Census.

The village school has long been closed and is now a private dwelling. The church is located in a remote part of the parish, giving rise to the belief that plague, the Black Death, once decimated the original community, resulting in the destruction of many local dwellings. Although no factual evidence exists to support this theory, the plague hit Norfolk very badly.

There are two notable private residences, known as Old Hall and New Hall. Old Hall is located close to Burgh Common and was also known as Plassing Hall. For many years it was a farm but has recently been converted into a private dwelling. It still possesses a section of moat and some original stained glass. New Hall was built between 1560 and 1593 by the family of Robert Drury (c.1456-1535), who gave his name to Drury Lane in London. One of the daughters from this family was rumoured to have been drowned in the lake at Lord Byron's family home, Newstead Abbey. Reference books on ghost stories claim that she was murdered along with a coachman with whom she formed a relationship; a 'phantom coach' is said to haunt the Abbey. The Hall possesses one of the few surviving 'tilting grounds' in England; tilting grounds were used for jousting by medieval knights.

A local road has achieved wider notoriety, because of the connotations of its first syllable: Slutshole Lane (sometimes Sluts Hole Lane). However, according to maps and documents held at Norfolk & Norwich Library, the road has also been known as Slutch Hole Lane. The word "slutch" was an archaic term for mud; it is said to be a cognate of "slush" , although a rival etymology connects it to "sluice" (which originated as the Dutch sluis), in the sense of an engineering device created to drain fens. It has also been suggested that the current name was the result of an error by census takers, during the late Victorian era. Attempts to change the spelling, including a residents' petition in 1999, have been opposed by local historians."

SOURCE - (visit link)
Sign Date: 1/1/2000

Occasion Commemorated: Millennium

Location: Roadside by All Saints' church

Plaque: yes

Construction Material: Metal

Artist: Not listed

Web Address: Not listed

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