North Lopham, an attractive small village five miles West of Diss, is fairly compact, with most houses situated along the winding (C)1113 road and its branching lanes. Visitors enjoy walking in Thetford Forest or Lopham & Redgrave Fen, and are in easy reach of a Zoo, a Garden Centre and many historic sites and buildings.
The Lophams’ claim to fame is the Lopham Linen Industry, which flourished for several centuries and became world famous in Victorian times when T Buckenham of North Lopham gained the royal warrant, sending a regular supply of fine linen to the Palace and other venerable London institutions.
St Nicholas’ Church is a 13th century building, probably on an older foundation, built of flint and stone, with a square tower housing a fine ring of eight bells, and with an impressive stained glass East window. The church was originally dedicated to St Andrew. The modern dedication is a result of an error by an 18th century clerk, who transposed the dedication here with that of South Lopham.
There is a regular weekly family service and two other services each month.
We are fortunate in having a rare chamber organ with integral barrel organ, and a two manual harmonium, which was restored in 1992. Church members are lively and outreaching - concerts, exhibitions and other social events are a particular feature of N. Lopham life.
The next (Amenity) building project is to install a toilet for all and a wash-up area in the base of the tower, to make events more ‘user friendly’
St Andrew’ s C.E.V.A. Primary School in the village serves both Lophams and also the village of Blo’ Norton. The school currently has 65 children on Roll, and since November 2014 is in a three way Federation with with All Saints’ C.E.V.A.Primary at Winfarthing, and Hapton C.E.V.A. Primary under Executive Headteacher Mrs Louise Norgate. The schools have a single Governing Body, though their budgets are at present separate. This arrangement enables each community to retain its own school, but the staff and children benefit from opportunities to cooperate and develop ideas and events jointly.
North Lopham has one of the oldest Methodist Chapels in Norfolk; sadly, it closed for worship in August 2014, and its future is under discussion. The remaining members share a monthly service & coffee morning in St Nicholas’ Church. The Kings Head Public House is very popular with residents & visitors alike, and the village has so far retained its Post Office
The Lophams share a Playing Field & Village Hall, run by folk from both villages. Joint organisations which meet there include the Lophams’ Society, Lophams’ Ladies, Over Sixties, a monthly Bingo Group, Yoga, & the local Kumo Judo Club.
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|1st Sunday each month
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