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A lovely broadland village with plenty of historic buildings and beautiful walks


Staithe & Mill
High Street
Holy Trinity Church
Werryman's Way Walk
Loddon was first mentioned in the will of Aelfric Modercope written around 1042. Aelfric held some 450 acres of land in Loddon and was by far the biggest landowner. His manor house is believed to have been close by the church overlooking the river and the fields are known as Manor Yards. He favoured the poor and he has become an icon of Loddon, with his statue standing proud on the village sign. The name Loddon actually means "Muddy River" and the river has always been a source of much of the industry in the town with wherries delivering goods to the various businesses; but over the past century it has become more of a leisure attraction for pleasure boats.

Loddon Village Sign, showing Aelfric Modercope
The water at Loddon Staithe is the River Chet, which joins the River Yare near Reedham. The route takes you through some of the most beautiful water meadow on the Norfolk Broads, especially in summer, when all the flowers burst into colour. Near the staithe is Loddon Watermill which was built in the 18th century with the river diverted to run underneath it. The mill is no longer running and is one of the earliest recorded buildings in the town.

Loddon Staithe, with 24 hour moorings for visiting boats

Loddon Mill, now a Well Being Centre
The High Street contains many architectural and historical buildings and the whole of Loddon's main thoroughfare is designated a conservation area. Most of these buildings have been converted to shops and services, including butchers, newsagent, take-away's, estate agents, tea-rooms, chemists and a post office - to name just a few! You will also find 3 pubs, the Swan, the Angel and the Kings Head.

Loddon Post Office

Loddon Library, once the local school and dating to the 1850's

The Kings Head, the first of three pubs you will come across walking from the staithe towards the village centre

The Swan is the second of the three pubs in Loddon and was once a coaching inn

The Angel is the oldest pub in Loddon
Loddon Holy Trinity Church was built around 1490 by Sir James Hobart and probably replaced an earlier church on the same site. It is a classic Norfolk medieval church, perpendicular in style, with a square tower which is visible for miles over the nearby marshes. Inside, the interior contains a hammerbeam roof, painted rood screen, Jacobean pulpit, Victorian pews with carved poppy-head ends, several table-top tombs and an ancient poor-box. Above the porch of the church is a small room reached by a spiral staircase. This room is known as the Priest's room after it was used for overnight accommodation for visiting Priests and it is now the home of a permanent exhibition of historical information about Loddon, the Church and the local environment.

Loddon Church

Inside the Church

Wherryman's Way

Adjacent to the church is a public footpath across the water meadow called the Wherryman's Way. This leafy path is part of a circular walk that takes you past the church from Loddon to Pyes Mill, a popular picnic and BBQ site.

The view across Loddon Marshes and Water Meadow
Visitor Information
Loddon Tourist Information, The Old Town Hall, 1 Bridge Street, Loddon, NR14 6LZ. Tel: 01508 521 028
Car-parking can be found at the village staithe (free).

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