The Witch Trials and the beginning of Soddenham

Before Soddenham, there was an unspoken and unacknowledged awareness of people who lived ‘in the wilds’; a rough triangle that sits between Swaffham, Dereham and Thetford. According to most accounts of the time, these were wretched people who had chosen to live outside society and operated furtively within those lands that others considered unproductive, unhealthy … More The Witch Trials and the beginning of Soddenham

Around Soddenham

WITH ALWYN GAZE It has often been commented upon that I spend a lot of my time walking in and around the village over the years, without route nor destination, and that I must know every inch of every mile! That well may be, but as I walk amongst our lanes and through our pastures I am … More Around Soddenham

Lichen Day

It’s that time again! For every 3 years[1] Soddenam goes loopy for Lichen! Yes, it’s very nearly Lichen Day again! All over the village there will be fun, games and activities that celebrate the crop of our once proud local industry! There are special events by the children at the school, including a short play … More Lichen Day

The End of an Era

It is with deep sadness that I announce that from May 1st 2018, Smeckler’s Chippy will no longer be serving its famous Krill Fritters™. Owing to the continued decline in sales and the more recent reports about krill fishing at unsustainable levels, Alan Smeckler has decided to withdraw this once highly popular and tasty item … More The End of an Era

Soddenham Launderette

To keep looking your best in Soddenham, you’ll need to drop by the launderette sometime! The Soddenham Laundrette was opened in 1967 on Main Street amidst a fanfare from the Soddenham and District Brass Band (now defunct) and a visit from the Lord Mayor of Swaffham Francis Bilgewater, whose wife Daphne brought a large bag … More Soddenham Launderette

Back in the saddle

It has been established on numerous occasions on this website that Soddenham is bestowed with a rich and varied folklore that touches on most areas of village life, the land, its history and misfortune. The trees shown here are all part of a natural boundary that runs down Murrows Drift from School Lane and almost … More Back in the saddle


It is well noted that Soddenham is subject to its own unique micro-climate. Indeed, it is the characteristic dampness of the area that gave rise to the proliferation of the lichen industry so that our glorious coastline should be garlanded in luxurious spume. However, the weather can also be a fickle and cruel mistress for … More Weasels