Ashby St Mary

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Ashby St Mary
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St Mary, Ashby St Mary
Ashby St Mary is located in Norfolk
Ashby St Mary
Ashby St Mary
Location within Norfolk
Area2.03 km2 (0.78 sq mi)
Population316 (2011)
• Density156/km2 (400/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG3202
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNorwich
Postcode districtNR14
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°34′03″N 1°26′11″E / 52.5675°N 01.4365°E / 52.5675; 01.4365Coordinates: 52°34′03″N 1°26′11″E / 52.5675°N 01.4365°E / 52.5675; 01.4365

Ashby St Mary is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The civil parish has an area of 2.03 square kilometres (0.78 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 297 in 115 households, the population increasing to 316 in 120 households at the 2011 Census.[1] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of South Norfolk.[2]

The village is situated 7 12 miles (12.1 km) south-east of Norwich and 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Thurton, with Claxton (to the north), Hellington (to the west) and Carleton St Peter (to the east) all lying a similar distance away. The church has a high tower, a long, low nave, and an impressive Norman door.[3] A tombstone in the graveyard depicts a lady with geese; this much-photographed carving is repeated on the village sign, which was commissioned in 2000 to celebrate the millennium, it also depicts a windmill which stood in the village until at least 1916.[4]

The village was recorded in the Domesday Book.[5] Thomas de Cottingham, a royal clerk who later became Master of the Rolls in Ireland was appointed rector of Ashby in 1349: he was notorious for pluralism.[6]

The Church was used in October 2010 by Music composer Jamie Robertson who along with the Poringland Singers Choir recorded an incidental soundtrack to the Big Finish Productions story Doctor Who Relative Dimensions (with Paul McGann, Jake McGann, Carole Ann Ford and Niky Wardley).


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ Ashby St Mary parish information [South Norfolk Council] Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Ashby St Mary
  4. ^ Ashby St Mary Parish Council Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "The Domesday Book Index". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
  6. ^ Blomfeld, Francis and Parkin, Charles Topographical History of the County of Norfolk London 1810 Vol. XI p.147

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