Pentney on the Net

I was surprised to see how many mentions of Pentney I found on the World Wide Web. Here are some of the results of my Search.

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First an assortment of commercial ventures around Pentney:-

  1. A. J. Coggles, Funeral Directors,  Ketlam View, Low Road.
  2. Shire Horse Breeders, Holly House Farm.
  3. Hansatech Instruments, Narborough Road.
  4. Pentney Abbey, Medieval Banquets.
  5. Pentney Park Caravan and Camping Site.  (Includes model railway and other amenities)
  6. Nar Valley Holiday Cottages.
  7. Pentney Stables, Back Road

The Fen Rivers Way Newsletter in July 2000, mentions that in November 1999, three members followed the Nar Valley Way, from Kings Lynn to Gressinghall,  They very much enjoyed the walk, passing by the Abbey Gate House at Pentney and the remains of the old Bone Mill as they went. The report says that this stretch of the river is very beautiful.

I found other interesting facts about Pentney as well.   For instance, the Norfolk Bird Club reported that the Great Crested Grebe was spotted in 1998 at the gravel pits which have now become Pentney Leisure Park.

Great Crested Grebe

The Pentney Leisure Park is also given as the venue for the Lynn Model Boat Club, which meets on Sundays at 10am

A Bus timetable in January 2001, gave the information that three times a day, the bus between Kings Lynn and Swaffham, would make its journey via Pentney, stopping at the Chapel.

Residents of the village may be surprised to learn a few of the facts  that "Up My Street", a site which offers statistics about given areas, gives about Post Code PE32:-

  1. "Rural Area, Mixed occupations
  2. 2+ car ownership -  High
  3. Unemployment - Low
  4. Heavy ITV Viewing - Low
  5. Microwave purchases - Low
  6. Burglaries per thousand households - 11.3
(National average 19.52.)
(These facts were garnered on 15 January 2001)

Pentney is mentioned in a poem called, "The Song of the Black Fen", by Liz Shrimpton.  It is a lament for the fens drained in the 18th and 19th Centuries.  This is a short extract:-

"But the Dutchman came
To pump out the sea,
Stuntney,
Coveney,
Pentney,
Padney.
And that was the end of food for free!"

A Nature Reserve is close by, along the disused Railway Line.  The Reserve is owned by Norfolk Wildlife Trust.  Here can be seen plants like Autumn Gentian, Marjoram and Thyme, which would all have been used in days gone by, as remedies for various ailments.  Butterflies, such as the Purple Hairstreak, have been noted, and, if you are lucky, you may hear the nightingale, as the scrub and bracken is a suitable habitat for them.

Please be aware that the information on this page is only what I have found on the Internet.  I can take no responsibility for its accuracy. 
You should check for yourself, before acting on it.

Rita Sheridan, 
Warwickshire,  England

Email: rasheridan@lineone.net