St Laurence Church, Brundall
Original Photo © Golda Conneely
Delightful Riverside Village of Brundall
Brundall is a picturesque riverside village on the north bank of the River Yare opposite Surlingham Broad in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. It is surrounded by beautiful Norfolk countryside, landscapes and views yet only a short distance from Norwich, Norwich Castle and other big-city attractions.
Scenic Brundall is the perfect base to enjoy a holiday on the Norfolk Broads or even just a day by the river. Boating enthusiasts, walkers, hikers and cyclists will enjoy the easy access to the rest of the rivers and the beautiful countryside. The village has a wide range of amenities, from listed buildings, shops, traditional pubs and cafes, to a village school, community facilities and a several marinas offering moorings. Local attractions to Brundall include the RSPB nature reserve for birds and butterflies at Strumpshaw Fen and the Mid-Yare National Nature Reserve. Brundall has a long history of boat building and it still serves an important role in the industry. It is believed that the Romans used Brundall as a centre for boat building. It may be that the village took its name from the Italian port of Brindisi on the Adriatic Sea.
The beautiful parish church in Brundall is the church of St Laurence and dates back to the 13th century. It originally had a thatched roof and traces of it still remain. Inside, the lead-covered font is the only one in Norfolk, and a small round window contains fragments of 17th century Flemish glass. In the churchyard is the grave of Esther Read, a famous local gardener.
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