Supported by the Parish Council of Walpole Cross Keys
Welcome to the Walpole Cross Keys Village site. Cross Keys is a small community situated where Norfolk borders with both Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.
The name comes from Pool by the Wall and it was originally a hamlet on the eastern side of the marsh that had to be crossed to get to Long Sutton in Lincolnshire - the alternative was a thirty mile round trip over the bridge at Wisbech. This situation continued until the River Nene was canalised and the new swing bridge (Cross Keys Bridge) created along with the settlement of Sutton Bridge.
Generally thought to be the place from which King John may have lost his jewels as he crossed the Wash. It is a small agricultural community that was served for almost one hundred years by the M&GN (Midland and Great Northern or Muddle and Go Nowhere) Railway.
See the history page for more details of the background of the village - including old photographs of the village.
At the start of the 20th century the village benefitted from the generosity of Lady Jephson who provided a village hall - a re-furbished building stands on the same site today.
Cross Keys has an active Parish Council intent on improving the look of the village and recently commissioned a Neighbourhood Plan (Blueprint for the Future) which is published on this site.
The Council is proud of its part in sustaining three village gardens.
The village has a thriving Primary School with a Ladybirds pre-school on the same site
The Eva Kemp/ Station Garden site
Report on last PC meeting
The website of the village of Walpole Cross Keys in Norfolk
28th August 2013
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Do you know where the highways boundaries are? NCC has an interesting page on this matter that can answer any questions you might have - click HERE.
Our Neighbourhood Plan is currently out to consultation with all groups that might have an interest in it. These include the Borough Council (who has been very helpful), County Council, Internal Drainage and all local groups. They have until 12th March to comment on the proposals.
The document on this site is updated reflecting changes requested (if they are not felt to be contradictory to the essence of the Plan). Click the red sign below to see the most up-to-date document which now includes a proposed village building envelope.
Once those replies have been received appropriate amendments or comments will be made or added prior to it being sent off for Independent Examiner.
There will then be a final round of village consultation followed by a village vote on the proposed document.
Note that the current document reflects a number of technically necessary references in order to pass Borough and the Independent Examiner's requirements.
Latest Neighbourhood Plan information
Cross Keys leads the way in West Norfolk!
1st March 2014
Almost half the population is targeted by scams. An up-to-date list of the latest local "scams" and tricksters is available by email from Norfolk County Council. For further information visit the page linked to the scam alert picture . You can sign up for the latest details or simply read about them online. There are other useful options on this page too.
The Parish Council has a duty to publish the outome of its annual audit.
The details appear here via the link on the left.
What's my land?
2nd September 2013
Cross Key's Plan, according to the Borough Council, has progressed further than any other in West Norfolk. This has meant that together with the Borough we are breaking new ground together.
Please follow this link for details on how to make dogs fit into communities better by ensuring the new legal requirement of microchipping (as of 6th April 2016 ).
Dogs in the community
6th August 2013