Great and Little Ryburgh
Administratively, Great and Little Ryburgh have one Parish Council known as Ryburgh Parish Council. It is in the district of North Norfolk and is situated on the district’s southern boundary. Lt. Ryburgh, with only a tiny population, looks down on Gt. Ryburgh from its site high up on the edge of the river valley.
The villages are located about two miles south-east of the market town of Fakenham, and have the River Wensum flowing through them. The River Wensum is a chalk fed river and a tributary of the River Yare despite being the larger of the two rivers. The source of the Wensum is at Raynham, just east of Fakenham. The complete river is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The River Wensum meets the Yare in Norwich. The River Yare in its lower reaches it is one of the principal navigable waterways of The Broads.
The village has a large maltings which has been producing malt on a traditional malting floor for two centuries. The village and maltings were formerly served by Ryburgh station on the Great Eastern Railway branch from Wymondham and East Dereham to Fakenham and Wells-next-the-Sea. This line is proposed for restoration, as far as Fakenham, by the Norfolk Orbital Railway.
The church of St. Andrews in Gt. Ryburgh is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. It has a bell ringing group and a singing group known as the St. Andrews Singers. The church is in the Upper Wensum benefice which has seven parishes. See www.standrewsgreatryburgh.org.uk
An Anglo-Saxon cemetery was discovered in 2016 by a Museum of London Archaeology excavation that was largely funded by Historic England. The waterlogged conditions of the site led to the remarkable preservation of burials including 6 plank-lined graves and 81 hollowed tree-trunk coffins dating from the 7th-9th century AD. The evidence is this may have been a community of early Christians, including a timber structure thought to be a church.
The Village has a community owned shop near to the Maltings. There are many community organisations in the parish from the WI, a Stitching Group to a Book Group. There is a Village Amenity Group which publishes a regular village newsletter. The Parish Council supports a Taxi Scheme which is run by the Community Shop.
The Parish Council is also working alongside a Steering Group for the Ryburgh Neighbourhood Development Plan.