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Scarning Village

The village of Scarning is situated 2 miles west of Dereham and 17 miles west of the city of Norwich, on the old turnpike road between Dereham and Swaffham. It has been in existence for over 900 years and was known as Scerninga in the Domesday book, Scerninges in 1199 and Skerning in 1253.


The village has a celebrated school, founded in the early 17th century. Among its more famous pupils were King George III's Lord Chancellor, Edward Thurlow; the antiquarian John Fenn (editor of the Paston Papers); and Horatio Nelson's father, Edmund. A number of the Nelson family were trustees at the school. 


The Village Hall was opened in June 1902 and was the brainchild of our reforming Victorian rector, Augustus Jessopp. Guests at the opening ceremony included the adventure writer, Rider Haggard. Rudyard Kipling donated books to its library.

There is more about the village and its history on the village website.

Scarning: Portrait of a Village by Nick Hartley is available through the Norfolk County Council Library Service, as is a book on those from the village in the Great War; and a book on the history of the school entitled Arcadia: A History of Scarning Free School.  

Scarning Village Sign
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