Monday, 4 April 2011

Stiffkey Marshes and Fen.

Stiffkey (often pronounced Stewkey) is a village and civil parish on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the A149 coast road, some 6 km (3.7 mi) east of Wells-next-the-Sea, 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Blakeney, and 40 km (25 mi) north-west of the city of Norwich.
The place-name 'Stiffkey' is first evidenced in the Domesday Book of 1086, and means 'stump island, island with stumps of trees'.
The village is remembered as the parish whose rector, Harold Davidson, fought one of the last morality trials of the Church, under the ancient morality laws of the Church, in 1932. The laws were repealed in the wake of it. He was an extremely popular priest in the area and the villagers asked his family to allow him to be buried in Stiffkey when he died, rather than in the family tomb in Scholing, where he was born. (He was killed, rather improbably, by a lion). They have cared for his grave for many years.

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