Facts & Figures
Historically Lothingland formed a half-hundred division of a ‘shire’ for military and judicial purposes and in common law which was finally split between Norfolk and Suffolk counties in 1974. The three parishes of Belton with Browston, Fritton with St Olaves and Burgh Castle were all in Lothingland and therefore it seems appropriate to choose this name for the Community Land Trust.
Belton with Browston is a parish consisting of the villages of Belton and Browston Green, and is situated some 5 miles (8 km) south-west of Great Yarmouth. The civil parish has an area of 3.23 square miles (8.36 square km) and with a population of 3,805 at the 2011 Census although according to the Parish website there are now over 4500 inhabitants in over 1650 properties, all but 50 being in Belton.
Fritton and St Olaves is a civil parish and comprises the villages of Fritton and St. Olaves together with the surrounding rural area. It has an area of 7.63 km2 (2.95 sq mi) and a population of 524 at the 2011 census.
Burgh Castle is a village and civil parish with a population of 1150 in the 2011 census. It is situated on the east bank of the River Waveney, some 6 km west of Great Yarmouth and is within the Broads National Park.
There is a school in Belton, Moorlands C of E Primary School, together with the Village Green Children’s Centre on the same site for children under school age, this covers Belton, Burgh Castle, Bradwell, Browston, Fritton and St. Olaves areas.
There is one convenience store in Belton, under national chain ownership, at Bell Lane where it also houses the Post Office and is supported by a smaller shop, ladies hairdressers and a take away. The village has one very large Holiday Park, nationally owned and a small caravan and camping site and although there are several other holiday interests in adjoining villages, virtually all employment is outside the village, either in Great Yarmouth itself or in surrounding towns. There are two public houses, The (Railway) Tavern and the Kings Head on opposite sides of the village. The Tavern also has a Fish and Chip shop on the same site.
Burgh Castle has two pubs and a marina and holiday park catering mainly to the tourist market. Fritton Lake, St Olaves and other nearby attractions are popular with tourists during the season and there is accommodation in the area. Local employment tends to be seasonal and unskilled/semi-skilled.