Sedgeford is a relatively small village in the North West coastal corner of Norfolk with a very long history. It lies on the north side of the valley of the Heacham River about 3 miles east of the Wash, 4 miles from the seaside resort of Hunstanton and 16 miles from the market town of King’s Lynn. The parish is within the Borough of King’s Lynn
There is evidence of a settlement in the vicinity of Sedgeford for over 2000 years. Human remains and tools have been found dating from at least 4000BC. The Iron Age settlement of 100BC-60AD appears to have been very significant and there is also evidence of settlement in Roman and Anglo-Saxon times. All the early settlement was on the south side of the river which is the site of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP) which has been excavating the sites of the various settlements since 1996.
Around 1100, settlement moved to the north bank of the river in the vicinity of the existing church of St Mary, which dates from the thirteenth century. The size of the church is evidence of the importance of Sedgeford in Mediaeval times. The village has extended to the east since then, mainly in a linear fashion along the existing B1454, which runs between Heacham and Docking, but also in the twentieth century northwards along Ringstead Road.
Much of the village is included within the Sedgeford Conservation Area. The western part of the parish also lies on the edge of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Peddars Way long distance footpath runs along the high ground towards the eastern edge of the Parish and National Cycle Route 1 also passes north- south through the village, along Ringstead Road and Snettisham Road.
As a small village Sedgeford has relatively few services and facilities. However, it does have a primary school, a village hall and recreation ground, the King William IV Country Inn and the St Mary’s Church. The nearest shops are in Heacham 2 miles to the west. Visit http://www.sedgeford.org.uk/ for more information
Sedgeford Parish Council meets at the village hall on the third Wednesday of each month apart from August. Meetings are held at 7pm and always start with an open session for the public to come and share information and comments to the council. The clerk can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org