Old Buckenham is a thriving community of approximately 1000 souls situated roughly 15 miles south west of Norwich in Norfolk, England.

 

Reputed to have the largest village green in Britain, 40 acres with duck ponds and playing fields and the venue for the annual fair, the village dates back to the Norman invasion when William D’Albini, a follower of William the Conqueror, was given land for being Butler to the Kings and their coronations. Remains of his castle lie about 1 mile to the north east of the village.

 

Also to the north east of the village is the busy Old Buckenham airfield. Originally built in 1942/ 1943 as a bomber base, it was home to the 453rd bomb group, from December 1943 to May 1945 during which the group flew 259 missions over enemy Territory in B24 liberators.

 

All Saints Church in Old Buckenham is one of only six in Norfolk  that boast an octagonal tower and dates back to about 1300. It is still very active place of worship with regular services. The church is part of the Quidenham group of parishes along with New Buckenham, Banham, Wilby, Eccles and Quidenham.

 

The recently restored windmill has the largest diameter tower in England dates from 1818. It is now owned by Norfolk windmills trust and is open to visitors once a month.

 

Old Buckenham has the secondary school for the area, which takes the pupils from its old primary school, as well as the neighbouring villages, including Banham and Kenninghall.