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Village hall, Arminghall
Arminghall is located in Norfolk
Civil parish
  • Caistor St Edmund and Bixley
  • South Norfolk
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Norwich
Postcode district NR14
EU Parliament East of England
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52°35′23″N 1°19′24″E / 52.5896°N 1.3232°E / 52.5896; 1.3232

Arminghall is a small village in the English county of Norfolk, around 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Norwich in the parish of Caistor St Edmund and Bixley, until April 2019 it was in Bixley parish. Most of the houses in the village are located close to the church, which lies just west of the B1332 road from Norwich to Poringland. Syfer Technology, an electronic components manufacturer, is based at Old Stoke Road, close to the River Tas.

The name 'Arminghall' means 'Nook of land of Ambre's/Eanmaer's people'. The exact form of the personal name is uncertain.

Arminghall Henge

In 1929 a prehistoric timber circle and henge monument site was discovered 1½ miles (2½ km) northwest of Arminghall village by Gilbert Insall VC who had been taking air photos of the area in search of new archaeological sites. Whilst flying at around 2,000 feet (600 m) he noticed cropmarks of a circular enclosure made of two concentric rings with a horseshoe of eight pit-like markings within it. The entire site was around 75 m in diameter. The site was visited a week later by O.G.S. Crawford, who pronounced it to be the Norwich Woodhenge but it was not until 1935 that it was first excavated, by Grahame Clark. His work established that two circular rings were ditches, the outer one 1.5 m deep and the inner one 2.3 m deep, with indications of a bank that once stood between them. The pits in the middle were postholes for timbers that would have been almost 1 m in diameter. The site dates to the Neolithic, with a radiocarbon date of 3650-2650 Cal BC (4440±150) from charcoal from a post-pit. The henge is orientated on the mid-winter sunset, which, when viewed from the henge, sets down the slope of nearby high ground, Chapel Hill.

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