Place:Bawdeswell, Norfolk, England

Alt namesBaldereswellasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 186
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.75°N 1.017°E
Located inNorfolk, England
See alsoEynesford Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
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Bawdeswell is a small rural village and civil parish on the northeastern boundary of Breckland District of the county of Norfolk, England. At the time of the 2011 census it had a population of 828 and an area of 487 hectares. As of June 2012 there were 360 dwellings with some 314 in the village itself and a further 46 within the parish boundary.

Bawdeswell Village is situated almost in the centre of Norfolk, about 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Norwich, 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Fakenham, 7 miles (11 km) northeast of the market town of East Dereham (more commonly known just as Dereham) and 3 miles (4.8 km) west of the small market town of Reepham which is in Broadland District. The main area of the village is situated immediately to the north of the A1067 road but there are also a few dwellings to the south of the A1067 on Dereham Road, Billingford Road and Elsing Lane. There is also a small amount of development on Reepham Road to the North of the village. The main area of the village varies between 140 and 150 feet (46 m) above sea level.

Bawdeswell is close to the village of Foxley and to Foxley Wood, the largest remaining area of ancient woodland in Norfolk.

Bawdeswell was the home of Chaucer's Reeve in The Reeve's Prologue and Tale in the Canterbury Tales, written in the 1380s. He was "Osewald the Reeve",

"Of Northfolk was this reeve of which I telle,
Byside a toun men callen Baldeswelle".

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Bawdeswell.

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