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Swanton Morley village in Norfolk, England, UK.

Swanton Morley village in Norfolk, England, UK.

Swanton Morley is a small village located on the B1147, 3 miles north of the market town of Dereham, Norfolk.  A village existed here probably from Roman times.

Swanton Morley All Saints Church, Norfolk, UK

It has a 14th century church, the church of All Saints, the aisles of the nave extend to embrace the tower, which is supported on three sides by unusually large arches. 

The village has a long history; it was documented in the 11th-century Domesday Book, and was home to the ancestors of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.

Swanton Morley was a new station planned under the RAF expansion scheme but not completed to the same standard before the start of the Second World War. It was part of No. 2 Group in Bomber Command until December 1944 when it was given over to 100 Group - the RAF unit responsible for countering German defences against the British strategic bombing - as they needed another airfield close to their HQ at Bylaugh Hall.

On 4 July 1942, American and British airmen took off from this station as part of the first combined bombing raid of World War II.

There are several areas to walk and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the village, including two large areas of common land and several footpaths suitable for walks. There are also areas with opportunities for fishing on the nearby River Wensum.


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