Blofield is a Broadland village five miles east of Norwich. There are two separate areas of habitation, Blofield village and Blofield Heath which is contiguous with Hemblington. Blofield village is situated to the south and contains the Parish Church and the Rock Community Church. There is a Post Office and stores, farm shop, leisure and camping business, newsagent, florist, two hairdressers, estate agent and the Kings Head pub. The village has a number of small businesses. In addition there is a primary school, day nursery, preschool group, doctors’ surgery and library. The Margaret Harker Hall and playing field (with football club) commemorate a local benefactress. There are smaller meeting facilities in the Old Courthouse where various groups meet (including Brownies). The Sea Scouts, Explorer scouts, Cubs and Beavers have their own headquarters (where the Rainbows also meet), as well as a water base in the next village of Brundall. Two area of sheltered housing and a residential home accommodate the elderly. Recently much new housing has been built in the village but has not overwhelmed the older buildings. At Plantation Park is another football club and bowls facilities.
A bridge crosses the A47 and leads to Blofield Heath with its pub, ‘The Two Friends’, Post Office and stores, and primary school. There is also a garage, garden centre, and recreation field and hall/social club (with a bowling green) known as Heathlands, which also has pre-school groups. A thriving centre for the elderly, run by volunteers, takes place on Mondays.
1 High House Lane
Tel: 01603 716970
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For Genealogical Enquiries the local Diocesan Record Office is:
Norfolk Record Office
The Archive Centre
Telephone: 01603 222599
Fax: 01603 761885
The Archive Centre is on the County Hall site, close to the A47 Norwich southern bypass, one mile from the railway station and from the city centre bus station. The entrance to The Archive Centre is to the right of the steps leading up to the main County Hall entrance. When looking for the entrance to The Archive Centre, watch out for the prominent landmark alongside it. It is a full-size Jaguar aircraft on a plinth. The nose of the Jaguar points directly at the entrance to The Archive Centre.
A full catalogue of archives can be found at: http://nrocat.norfolk.gov.uk
From the Home Page look under ‘Summaries of Collections’ and click on NROCAT. Enter ‘Blofield’ and all the records are listed.
For Parish enquiries please contact:
Mrs Sue Shillam
Norfolk NR13 4SE
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