Place:West Somerton, Norfolk, England

NameWest Somerton
Alt namesSomertunasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 194
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.716°N 1.66°E
Located inNorfolk, England     ( - 1935)
See alsoWest Flegg Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
East and West Flegg Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1935
Somerton, Norfolk, Englandparish into which it was merged in 1935
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Somerton is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It comprises the twin villages of East Somerton and West Somerton and is situated some 14 km (8.7 mi) north of the town of Great Yarmouth, 35 km (22 mi) north-east of the city of Norwich, and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the North Sea.

The civil parish has an area of 8.25 km2 (3.19 sq mi) and in the 2001 UK census had a population of 257 in 93 households, the population increasing to 289 at the 2011 UK census. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the District of Great Yarmouth.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of East Somerton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"SOMERTON (East), a parish in Flegg [registration] district, Norfolk; 8¾ miles NNW of Yarmouth [railway] station. Post town: West Somerton, under Yarmouth. Acres: 798. Real property: £1,714. Population: 62. Houses: 13. Burnley Hall is the seat of R. S. Watling, Esq. The living is a [perpetual] curacy annexed to Winterton."

East and West Somerton joined to become Somerton in 1935.

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