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Castle Rising
Castle Rising
Castle Rising is located in Norfolk
Castle Rising
Castle Rising
Location within Norfolk
Area8.65 km2 (3.34 sq mi)
Population216 (2011)
• Density25/km2 (65/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF655245
Civil parish
  • Castle Rising
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE31
AmbulanceEast of England

Castle Rising is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is situated some 8 kilometres (5 mi) north-east of the town of King's Lynn and 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of the city of Norwich. The River Babingley skirts the north of the village separating Castle Rising from the site of the lost village of Babingley.[1]


Castle Rising's name is of Norman and Anglo-Saxon origin, deriving from a mix of the Old English and Norman French for a castle close to the settlement of Risa's people.[2]

In the Domesday Book, Rising is listed as a settlement of fourteen households in the hundred of Grimshoe. The village was owned by William de Warenne.

Castle Rising Castle was built in the 1140s on the orders of William d'Aubigny and was most famously the residence of Queen Isabella after her role in the murder of King Edward II. The castle was subsequently passed to Edward of Woodstock and is now in the possession of Greville Howard.[3]

Prior to the Reform Act 1832, Castle Rising was a parliamentary borough yet due to its small population it was often labelled as an example of a rotten borough. Samuel Pepys was the member for Castle Rising between 1673 and 1679 as was Robert Walpole between 1701 and 1702.


In the 2011 Census, Castle Rising was reported as having 216 residents living in 116 households.[4]

Castle Rising lies within the constituency of North West Norfolk and is thus represented by James Wild MP of the Conservative Party at Parliament.

St. Lawrence's Church

Castle Rising's Parish Church is of Norman origin and is dedicated to Saint Lawrence. The font dates from the Twelfth Century yet the church was heavily restored in the Nineteenth Century by Anthony Salvin and George Edmund Street.[5]

In popular culture

Castle Rising appeared as a Danish village in Out of Africa.

Castle Rising was also the setting for Grass, a 2003 spin-off of The Fast Show.

Notable residents

War memorial

Castle Rising's War Memorials take the form of two metal plaques on two lanterns in the High Street. They bear the following names for the First World War:

And, the following for the Second World War:

The castle viewed from the village
Castle Rising church in July 2017


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 250 - Norfolk Coast West. ISBN 0-319-21886-4.
  2. ^ University of Nottingham. (2022). Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  3. ^ Castle Rising. (2022). Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  4. ^ Office for National Statistics. (2011). Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  5. ^ Knott, S. (2005). Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  6. ^ Langley, C and Smith, L. (2004). Retrieved November 22, 2022.

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