West Somerton

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West Somerton is a tiny rural village situated on the River Thurne. The staithe lays in the heart of the village and is a popular mooring spot for holiday makers.

The church of St. Mary has a round tower and thatched nave, with parts dating back to the 11th century. The church bell is the oldest inscribed bell in the country and since restoration of the tower and bell chamber in 2000, is rung for every service. Unlike many churches, St. Mary's is open every day during daylight hours and welcomes anyone who finds a way to its open door.

It is claimed that Robert Hales, known as the Norfolk giant, is buried in a tomb on the south side of the church. Robert, the son of a local farmer was born in West Somerton and had three brothers and five sisters. Robert grew to a height of 7 feet 8 inches and weighed over 32 stone. After a visit to the USA Robert became licensee of the Craven Head Tavern in London. The friendly giant is believed to have been invited to meet Queen Victoria. He died at the age of 50 at Great Yarmouth on 22nd November 1865.

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