Welcome to: East and West Runton Parish Web Site.  East and West Runton are villages in North Norfolk , UK


PARISH COUNCIL INFORMATION—Councillor details are as follows.
West Runton Ward:
Chairman Mr. John Simpson. Wood Rising Sandy Lane West Runton
Vice Chairman: To be elected.
Mr. Richard. Annis Dawley Cottage Boulevard Road West Runton.
Mr. John Creasey Bransbury Rosebery Road West Runton.
Mr. David. Bakewell Woodlands Renwick Park West Runton.
Mr. M. Brandish Calveswell Barn Calveswell Lane West Runton
East Runton Ward:
Mr. Brian Cushion Meadowsett Top Common East Runton.
Mrs. Jane Hodson Fernie House High Street East Runton.
Mr. Ray Spinks Norfolk Cottage, Felbrigg Road East Runton.
Mr. Steve Bacon Albert House High Street East Runton.
Mr. Kevin Jonas Tiddlers Cottage Mill Lane East Runton.
Mr. Chris Hawkins Shoemakers Cottage High St. East Runton.
Councillors may be contacted through the office.
The Parish Council website has links to the District Council and County Council
The local North Norfolk District Councillor is Mrs. S. Butikofer.
The Norfolk County Councillor is Mrs. S. Butikofer
POLICE: Non emergency police number— 101 This is a free service.
The Clerk to the Council is: Mrs. Barbara Emery.
The Office is at: The Reading Room, Felbrigg Road, East Runton
Cromer NR27 9PE. Tel: 01263 512214. Email: runtonpc@aol.com

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10am to 4pm with a lunch break from 1pm—2pm. The Clerk will normally be there to answer questions or help in any way connected with Parish business.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS: All held on Tuesdays at 7.15pm
Next meeting : 26th June ER Reading Room. Future meetings : 24th July WR

HISTORY NEWS RUNTON compiled by B. Emery.

A hundred or more years ago small villages like East and West Runton had thriving industries. The brickworks in East and West Runton, blacksmiths, shoemakers, tourism (thanks to the railways), fishing and the windmill, grinding corn to make flour etc.

The windmill in Mill Lane East Runton was first shown on Bryant’s map in 1826. It is a five storey mill tower about thirty eight feet high and built of cement rendered brick. It had three pairs of French stones, powered by four double shuttered sails and the boat shaped cap had a six bladed fantail, a gallery and a chain pole.
There is a dwelling house with it and in the Norfolk Chronicle of 1st July 1843 it was to let by Joseph Baker, the proprietor and described, as having a store house, drying kiln, bake office, two stables, gig house, cart lodge and other outbuildings.

Joseph Baker married Susan Dawson in Holt on 1st May 1804. The Dawson family owned the brickworks in Runton and Joseph Baker was working there when he took over the mill. The bricks which were used to build the mill, would have undoubtedly come from the brickworks and it’s possible that Joseph himself built the mill.

In the 1841 census it is shown that Joseph Baker was the miller and a William Reynolds jnr, then 17 and from Thurning watermill was learning the trade of milling from Joseph and he was then living in with the Baker family in the mill house.
Around 1860, James Kemp of Poringland had taken over as the master miller employing one man and a servant. There were four children. By the 1891 census James and Elizabeth had six family members and two grandchildren, plus a servant and two boarders living with them.

In November 1860 a girl named Martha Holman aged 15, daughter of local shoemaker John Holman and his wife who was born Elizabeth Bird (local family), was at the mill with a donkey and cart and as she got out of the cart, one of the sails of the mill caught her on the head and knocked her over. This was reported in the Norfolk News and was described as; “She was taken up by Mr. Kemp apparently dead and conveyed home. Mr. Buck of Cromer is attending her, but she lies in a very precarious state”. There was no further news, but Martha must have survived as she is alive and well at the 1861 census still living at home, eventually marrying a local cordwainer (shoemaker).

James Kemp was at the mill until 1904. In 1908 Ronald Hall is working the mill and by 1926 the mill is derelict. In 1937 the tower remains with the cap and fanstage. It was put up for sale in 1976 but remained as it was until in 2004 when it was renovated with a new cap and fantail. A fantail is a small windmill mounted at right angles to the sails, at the rear of the windmill and which turns the cap automatically to bring it into the wind. The fanstage is accessible through a storm door from the cap to allow maintenance of the fantail.

The fantail was patented in 1745 by Edmund Lee, a blacksmith working a Forge near Wigan.

Many photographs of the villages to browse through and information on the history of Runton. Held at the Reading Room on the corner of Felbrigg Road East Runton.

Come along and enjoy a “mardle” and a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. The Reading Room has a permanent display of old photographs and is open on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays when the Clerk is in office. Feel free to come and browse around between the hours of 10.30 and 3pm.
7th June, 5th July, 2nd August, 6th September. 10.30AM-12.30PM


Ruggles Love has recently retired as Chairman of East Runton Village Hall. He has been involved in the hall for 40 + years and has done sterling work keeping it in the condition it now is. We, as a village would like to thank him. His work and loyalty will be greatly missed. Rick Taylor who has been Vice Chairman for several years has taken over the role and nothing will change. East Runton Village Hall needs volunteers to help run it. This does not entail too much time. The hall is self financing and meetings are held 4-5 times a year. If you could help, please telephone our Chairman Rick Taylor on 01263 514540.


The sale of an unused piece of land known as Moyes Close off the A149 has now been sold. The final price realised was £180,495.79. This is a large figure for the parish and it’s future use and investment will be carefully considered with expert advice taken. Some assets of the parish can be improved and consideration will be given to any positive suggestions parishioners may have for enhancements to either village.


SAMS is a new venture for the Parish Council. It has been made possible with a successful Bid to the Parish Partnership of Norfolk County Council. The cost is met by 50% each between the County Council and the Parish Council. The Parish Council’s contribution is just over £1800.00. These signs you may have seen elsewhere. There is one sign which is moved around the parish at various locations and is in place for one month at each location. Since 24th May the sign has been at the West Runton Village Inn car park. Grateful thanks to the landlord for permission to do this.

The other locations are at either end of East Runton and at the east end of West Runton.

There is also one at the entrance to Shawcross Road West Runton. The locations are experimental and the sign records data. It can then be established which areas are at most risk of speeding motorists.


The Annual Parish Meeting took place in April and the Chairman’s report along with the financial situation at the end of March 2018 is enclosed with this newsletter. The Annual Parish Council meeting has also taken place in May and Mr. John Simpson was again elected as Chairman for 2018-2019. all Councillors are listed on the front page and on our website.


Both East and West Runton village signs are in need of attention. The WR sign will be taken down soon and re-painted. The seat at the ER sign is to be completely replaced with long term hard-wearing solid hardwood materials.


Most people are now aware of the new Data Protection Regulations which came into force on 25th May. On the back page is Runton Parish Council’s privacy statement.

This does not make any difference to the way the Parish Council operates or the way we contact you if and when we need to. The data we hold is mainly for allotment tenancies.

If there are concerns or questions you may have, please contact the Clerk.


The waste bin at The Hurn West Runton will be replaced as soon as bins have been received. There will also be a new bin on Lower Common East Runton. These will be at a cost to the Parish Council.

WEST RUNTON Gardens Day this year will not take place. The hardworking team and gardeners have decided to give it a rest for 2018.


When you contact us—Details provided , (personal information such as name, address, email address, phone number, organisation) will be processed and stored to enable us to contact you and respond to your correspondence, provide information and/or access our facilities and services. Your personal information will be not shared or provided to any other third party.

The Councils Right to Process Information

General Data Protection Regulations Article 6 (1) (a) (b) and (e)
Processing is with consent of the data subject or; Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation or; Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller

Summary: In accordance with the law, Runton Parish Council only hold a limited amount of information about you that is necessary for correspondence, information and service provision such as allotment tenancies or newsletters. Runton Parish Council do not use profiling, we do not sell or pass your data to third parties. Runton Parish Council do not use your data for purposes other than those specified. Runton Parish Council make sure your data is stored securely. Runton Parish Council delete all information deemed to be no longer necessary. Runton Parish Council constantly review our Privacy Policy to keep it up to date in protecting your data. (You can request a copy of our policy at any time).


CLASSIC CAR/BIKE RUN/— RUNTON ROAD CAR PARK Sunday 8th July. 60 mile scenic run ending at Yarmouth for the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival at 11.30am.
Cars taking part to arrive by 8.30am at Runton Road Cromer, vehicles set off 9.15am
Join the fun. Details/register: 01493 852573 email: jackie.james@centre81.co.uk

Events may be advertised here free, but the Parish Council needs your information. Can be sent by email or post to the Clerk or a Councillor.

FISH AND CHIP VAN calls at The Hurn West Runton Weds 5.15pm.Fridays 11.30-12.45
and at East Runton Half Year Close Wednesday 5:30pm, Buxton Close 6pm

CROMER LIBRARY www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries 01263 512850 Open Mon to Sat.


East Runton 14:30—14:45 BUXTON CLOSE
14:50—15.05 ST ANDREWS

West Runton: 12.55—13.10 RENWICK PARK
15.10—15:20 GOLF CLOSE
15:25—15:45 CHURCH CLOSE
15:50—16.05 CHURCH HALL
16.10—16.25 STATION CLOSE
Next visits: 21 Jun, 19 Jul, 16 Aug, 13 Sept , Not bank holidays.
The above information is subject to change by the Norfolk County Council library service

The Clerk would be pleased to receive information for the next publication.
Any forthcoming events or any reports of organisations. By the 20th August please. Your comments on this publication would be welcomed. All information to the Clerk-Contact details are on page one. Follow us on Twitter @runtonparish

 Views expressed are not necessarily the views of the editor or the Parish Council members


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