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Norfolk's longest village

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9 mins to Watton
13 mins to Dereham
31 mins to Thetford
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Almost two miles in length, Shipdham is Norfolk’s longest village nestled between the market towns of Watton and Dereham in the Breckland region and a designated Conservation Area.


Noted in the Domesday Book as a thriving, well-established settlement of 70 households, it was one of the largest of the time with a church and woodland. During World War II, the village became home to the USAAF 44th bomber group, which was based at its airfield, and the historic site is now home to Shipdham Aero Club and museum.

Today, Shipdham has a thriving community with a GP surgery, Post Office, nursery and primary school, shops, large park and local pub making it a fantastic village for all ages. Along with a clutch of beautiful period properties, Shipdham has grown in recent years with the development of several quality new-build developments which have been sympathetically incorporated within their rural setting.

Less than 6 miles away is the classic market town of Dereham, an architectural haven with plenty of Georgian gems set on generous plots, blended with more recent developments.

A twice weekly market appears on Tuesdays and Fridays, along with a strong cohort of independent and specialist shops and free parking, making the town a fabulous place for an afternoon spent browsing.

With good local schools, a leisure centre and golf course, Dereham and its surrounding villages, such as Shipdham, are fantastic locations to enjoy the best of Norfolk country living.