A lovely broadland small town with plenty of historic buildings and beautiful walks.
An Introduction to Loddon
Loddon and nearby Chedgrave contain many architectural and historical buildings and the whole of Loddon's main thoroughfare is designated a conservation area. The earliest written mention of Loddon (Lodne) is 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 and is a popular stopping point for visitors on the Norfolk Broads.
We start our tour of Loddon at Loddon staithe. The water 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.
Waterside Properties at Loddon Staithe
Loddon Staithe and the River Chet
Boats moored at the bottom of the garden in Loddon
The view towards Loddon Mill from the Staithe
Loddon Mill, now a Well Being Centre
The High Street contains many attractive buildings, most 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.
Rosy Lees Tearoom in Loddon
Another Kettle of Fish, Loddon
The Swan pub Loddon, once a coaching inn
The Angel pub is the oldest in Loddon
The Kings Head pub Loddon
The Norwich Kitchen Centre in Loddon
Loddon Library, once the local school (c1850's)
Loddon White House
Loddon Post Office
The old Loddon Town Hall (c1870), now a hairdressers!
Loddon Village Sign, showing Aelfric Modercope
Loddon, winner of Village of the Year in 2005 (Eastern Region)
The junction of Kittens Lane and the High Street 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 of Holy Trinity
The tower of Holy Trinity, Loddon
The flint church of Holy Trinity
The view inside Holy Trinity Loddon
The Loddon Exhibition, in the Priest's room in the Church
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 path and view across Loddon Marshes and Water Meadow
Loddon summary of what to SEE and DO
Enjoy the view of the staithe and mill
Wander along the High Street
Take a pub lunch at one of the pubs along the High Street
Explore the village Parish Church and the Loddon Exhibition
Enjoy a walk along the Wherryman's public footpath across the marshes
Loddon is a lovely Norfolk Broads small town and well worth a visit. It is a good place for walkers as there are good waterside paths, and when you have finished your walk, there is a choice of pubs for that all important lunch!