Facts and Figures
Some basic information about the village of Denton, Norfolk.
- The village lies on the southern edge of the county of Norfolk in the South Norfolk District Council area.
- It is roughly fifteen miles south of Norwich and four miles from the two nearest towns, Bungay and Harleston.
- One of 120 parishes in the district (and more than 700 in the county), it shares boundaries with:
Topcroft in Norfolk plus
Homersfield across the
River Waveney in Suffolk.
More details appear on the Our Neighbours Page.
- Location (Village Hall):
- Grid Reference: TM 28063 88724
- Position: 1 degree, 21 minutes, 17 seconds (1.3547194) East, 52 degrees, 26 minutes, 55 seconds (52.448840) North.
- Post Code: IP20 0BD
- A map is available on our Find Us page.
- Population - 2011 Census - 326 people.
The mid-term, 2016, estimate puts this up to 361, living in 168 dwellings. This compares with the 352 people, living in 148 dwellings, recorded in the 2001 census.
Of the 361, no less that 135, 37%, are claimed to be aged 65 or over. The new census revealed that 318 residents were born in the UK, 3 of them in Scotland, 3 in Wales and 1 in Northern Ireland (two of these UK 'foreigners' live in the same house on Chapel Hill!). Full details of all the information collected in March 2011 can be found on the Office of National Statistics website.
Older census details are available in the History Section.
- Electorate - At the start of the electoral year, December 2018, the civil parish had 329 voters, living in 165 dwellings, on its electoral register.
This is an increase on previous years following the boundary changes which saw 8 properties and 14 voters move from Earsham into Denton.
With the rolling register system the figure changes during the year.
- Area - 1,011 hectares, 2,498 acres.
- Highest point (ground level) - 52.6 metres (172.5 ft) above mean sea level, the Trig Point on the parish boundary north of Darrow Green. This compares with the highest point in South Norfolk, 82 metres (246 ft) at Poringland, and the highest point in Norfolk, 103 metres (338 ft) at Beacon Hill near Cromer.
- Lowest point - the river Waveney at the most south-easterly point on the parish boundary , normally approximately 15 metres above mean sea level.
- Drainage - virtually the whole of the village is drained by the Beck (Denton Beck, though this name does not appear on any OS map), a tributary of the River Waveney. The source is in Alburgh. A more correct name may be "Denton Wash" as this is used to identify the old A143 bridge on OS maps and Wash Lane runs along the western parish boundary where the stream enters Denton from Alburgh.
On the roads in Denton the beck is bridged five times – at Naughty Bridge (so named because horses misbehave when crossing it!) below Paynes Hill, at the bottom of Trunch Hill near the old school, at the junction of Danacre Road, Alburgh Road and Church Hill, on the old main road at the junction of Danacre Road and Low Road and finally by the “new” A143 on the line of the old railway. There are several other bridges serving private houses and several footbridges on the footpath network.
- Property - It is interesting to compare the council tax bands of the properties in the village with those of England as a whole:
Band Denton England A 6 Properties, 3.5% 24.8% B 56 Properties, 33.1% 19.6% C 29 Properties, 17.1% 21.8% D 25 Properties, 14.8% 15.3% E 22 Properties, 13.0% 9.4% F 18 Properties, 10.6% 5.0% G 13 Properties, 7.9% 3.5% H 0 Properties, 0% 0.6%
The effect of this distribution is revealed on the Parish Council Finance page.