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Old families

The village is mentioned in the Norwich Domesday Book around 1286.

It was immortalised  by the 14C poet Geoffrey Chaucer as the home of The Reeve in his Canterbury Tales -  "Of Northfolk was this Reve of which I telle, biside a toun men clepen Baldeswelle."   

Bawdeswell has grown up at a point where six long established routes met, including a section of Roman Road running westward to Durobrivae near Peterborough across the Fen Causeway.

The original settlers found water and sank a well here.

It has been an important stopping off point for the changing of  horses and coaches and for refreshment.  There were once four inns.

Today Bawdeswell is a thriving village with a population of over 700 people. It is perhaps best known for its neo-Georgian Church, its popular Garden Centre and its busy General Store.  It is surrounded by arable farmland and there are many small businesses run from home. It is also a dormitory village for Norwich, Dereham and Fakenham.

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