Wednesday, April 14, 2010
A village in the heart of Norfolk
Where is Mattishall?
Five miles east of Dereham, 11 miles west of Norwich, not far from the A47.
All Saints Church is a listed building, rebuilt in the late 14th century. If you walk behind the church from the main road you will find a little square and the colourful village sign (above).
Mattishall is recorded as Matishala in the Domesday Book. The name probably means that Mata, a Saxon leader, built his hall there.
Old spear-heads show that people were hunting in the area from about 8000 BC.
During building at Cedar Rise in 1968, an important hoard of 1100 Roman silver coins in a pot was discovered. The coins may have been buried when Roman rule was declining and Saxon invaders were moving in.
One notable former inhabitant was Margaret Harlestone, born in Mattishall in 1519. She married Norwich man Matthew Parker and later moved into Lambeth Palace when he became Archbishop of Canterbury.