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PUBLISHED: 05:28 26 January 2015

Poringland. Photo : Steve Adams

Poringland. Photo : Steve Adams

Copyright Archant Norfolk 2014

Poringland, Framingham Earl and Brooke. Rowan Mantell looks at these three thriving villages, south of the city.

If you are looking for traditional village life within easy reach of Norwich then Poringland, Framingham Earl and Brooke could be the places to buy your next home.

Each is a thriving community with a good range of housing.

Both Poringland and Brooke have vibrant primary schools and Framingham Earl has a popular high school, which make all three villages ideal for families. There are woods to walk and play in, playgroups, and modern community centre. Poringland is the biggest settlement with a good range of shops, pubs, restaurants and businesses, plus its own surgery and library.

Neighbouring Framingham Earl is smaller, but boasts a community sports centre at the high school, and its own selection of businesses. A five-acre woodland plot here has also been chosen as the site of a new purpose-built children’s hospice – to be called the nook – to replace the current facility at Quidenham. The Duchess of Cambridge, royal patron of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices visited the village last month to launch the nook appeal.

Brooke, furthest south of the three villages is half-way between Norwich and Bungay, in the lovely Waveney valley. It has a primary school, shops, pub and restaurant, and anyone moving here will be in illustrious company as it was the birthplace of Bernard Matthews and home to royal favourite painter Edward Seago.

All three villages lie on the B1332 between Norwich and Bungay and each has a beautiful round-tower churches. All Saints Poringland also has a fine collection of medieval glass, St Andrew’s Framingham Earl has an impressive Norman arch inside and St Peter’s Brooke has one of the most important medieval fonts in East Anglia.

As well as spiritual succour, there is also plenty of space for enjoying the surrounding countryside.

Poringland is the source of the River Chet, which eventually flows into the Yare at Hardley Cross, near Loddon. Old gravel pits in the area have been converted into nature reserves, play areas and fishing lakes, and there are woodland walks, and each village has its own village green. Under-sevens adore the long-established Poringland Playbarn – a farmyard adventure centre with indoor and outdoor fun including play areas, climbing dens and a summer petting farm and pony rides. But the area is not just for children – there are some fine restaurants in the vicinity and a good community feel to each village, with everything from choirs to farmers markets and football clubs to older peoples’ groups.

Although all three are long-established villages, they have embraced new homes too, meaning that there should be a good range of properties from substantial Victorian villas at £1m-plus, to apartments for under £100,000.

Making a move to one of these three thriving south Norfolk settlements will bring you conveniently close to the city, but in the heart of a countryside community.

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