Ovington Village Tour

The village occupies a sloping site on the northern end of a shallow valley. Along this valley runs the stream form Carbrooke. This joins the Wissey beyond Watton. The West boundary is marked by the remains of the railway. The embankment carried trains from Thetford via Roundham junction to Watton and then on to Kings Lynn via Swaffam and Marham. This line was affectionally called the "Crab and Winkle line".



Several farms are located between this line and the main Dereham road. The main village starts 1/2 mile from the dangerous cross roads. Most of the buildings in the village centre are relatively modern. The oldest buildings are:
Stone Farm
The Methodist Chapel (private dwelling)
The Crown Public House (private dwelling)
The Church of St John
The Rectory
Village Hall - previously the School
Town Farm


Two house names reflect the fact that the village also had two windmills, long since gone. See village history page. Shown here is one of the vanished properties in the main village. Stone Glow was replaced by a bungalow and is believed to have been part of a small terrace of cottages. Beyond the church, there is a lane leading to Water End Farm.


This was the main route out of the village years ago, but the "new" road leads on to the main Derham road. The Village continues uphill towards Shipdam, featuring more farms and the Cock public house, long since closed. The Carbrooke road heads east with the parish boundary finishing past Redhill Lane, which cuts across the valley.



Coming soon: An aerial tour of the village!