Someone recently mentioned that they had only just realised that Beetley was a place, rather than a strange name I had invented for this blog. I have posted photos of Beetley before, and written about this small place too. But for the benefit of those of you new to my blog, here are some more, to give you some idea of this rural location in Eastern England.

Beetley is in the centre of Norfolk, one of the most easterly counties in England.

As well as pig farming, the growing of oil seed rape is popular, and the yellow flowers can be seen all around here in the fields.

The nearest church is the old Methodist church, and as you can see, it is very small.

Old Beetley is now part of the larger village, but retains its own identity.

The opening of a new Scout Hut is big news around here!

At the end of my street is the Gressenhall Museum. It is housed in a former Workhouse, built in the 1830s. It features exhibits about life at the time, as well as having a working farm.

As you can see, it is a real place, albeit a very small one.

Not exactly a tourist destination, but if you are ever in the area, I will be happy to show you around. πŸ™‚

94 thoughts on “Beetley

  1. Thank you so much, Pete! I absolutely loved this information and the photos. I must confess when I first found your blog, I thought Beetley was your last name. Now, can you show us a larger map, like all of England, so we can fully appreciate your location? Best to you, Pete.

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  2. Thanks, Pete. I must confess I thought at first that it was your surname, but I soon caught up with your posts about the place and the many pictures. The museum sounds right up my alley. I’ll have to put on my list for a future visit. Have a good week!

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    1. That would be a ‘cool’ surname, Olga. πŸ™‚ I could live in a village named after me!
      If you ever visit the museum.let me know. I will meet you there.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  3. I remember a trip to the mainland (after living in Jersey for 20 years, England is the mainland) and as we drove past the many rapeseed fields the taxi drive asked “Is the much rape in Jersey”? It took us a while to realise he was talking about the crop πŸ™‚
    Looking at your location I think you live more remotely than we do πŸ™‚

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  4. At least you live where there is a sign with a place name. I live at a mailing address in Silverlake. Silverlake is a bench in the Toutle, WA post office mail sorting room a mile from my house. Toutle has a place name and is a community. Silver Lake is a community (a bunch of houses and a Grange Hall) three miles from here and four from Toutle. Silver Lake actually has a sign. Notice the difference between Silverlake, where I live, and the community of Silver Lake. However, unlike Silver Lake, the part of Silverlake I live in has sidewalks (don’t know why). Warmest regard, Theo

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    1. It is very small, and very quiet. OK if you don’t want to do anything much, or need a shop. πŸ™‚
      But crime is almost unknown, people are polite, and there is very little noise.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. It has good recreations of conditions in the workhouse, and an old school room, complete with a strict ‘school-master’. The farm shows rural life as it once was, and there are large collections of memorabilia too. Look out for ‘special days’. They recently had a 1950s ‘retro’ day.
      And don’t forget to let me know when you are there. I will walk up with Ollie, and meet you. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Thanks, Ptete, for your information here and in the linked posts. I already new that Beetley was in Norfolk, as we have a mutual blogging friend there, Klausbernd – whom my wife and I visited a few years ago.
    Norfolk, btw, always reminds me of Michael Green’s book “The Art of Coarse Sailing”, a hilarious fictional account of sailing on the Norfolk Broads.
    Have a great Sunday,

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    1. KB and Dina live in the lovely village of Cley, as you know. It is 22 miles north of Beetley. I keep promising to visit, but still haven’t got around to it yet. πŸ™‚
      And I have yet to sail on the Norfolk Broads.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. You certainly NEED to visit them [and Siri and Selma, the Bookfairies], Pete, especially now that they have re-decorated and have that wonderful new library. Btw, I was really overwhelmed when I entered the hallway there and could only gaze in amazement at at the books even there.
        I also have not sailed the Norfolk Broads (yet). My only – and absolutely fantastic – boating experience in England was a 14-day narrowboat tour on the canals in the “heart of England”, including Stratford-on-Avon, Tewkesbury, Worcester, and Birmingham.

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  6. Thanks to Google Earth, I just took a quick walk in Beetley, mostly down Fakenham Rd but I also saw the farm and workhouse. Will check out the old Methodist Church and Scout hut, if I can find them. Sweet place, just like in the movies! πŸ™‚

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    1. Fakenham road is at one end of where I live, Charlie. I just walked back along it with Ollie, after his walk. Glad you enjoyed the tour. πŸ™‚
      The methodist church is on High House Road, and the scout hut is in Stoney Lane, off Fakenham Road.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Ah, you would have passed the end of my road, David. πŸ™‚
      Yes, I always think that Gressenhall has the ring of Mervyn Peake about it.
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. We have only been once. I find that when you live so close to something, it somehow slips your mind. πŸ™‚
      Then again, when you have seen it once, there is less reason to see it all again, unless there is a special exhibition.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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