Norton is a small picturesque village with a population of about
400, set in beautiful countryside in the middle of
The village has
an entry in the Domesday
Book but the Parish has been
occupied as far back as 2000 BC by the "Beaker People". A very
important Roman settlement existed in the parish called "Bannaventa"
which covered an area of some thirty acres and may have been the
birthplace of patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick! He stated in his
"Confessio" that his boyhood was spent in a place called "banavem
taburniae" which is believed to be an alternative name for
Norton is overlooked by Borough Hill which is one of the largest
Iron Age Hillforts in the country which also contains the remains of
a Roman Villa and Cemetery.
stunning views of Norton and the surrounding
countryside can be
enjoyed from the top of nearby Borough Hill.
On a clear day the range of vision extends into seven other
counties: Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire,
Shropshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, and
Whilst most of the church dates from
the 14th Century parts of it are 13th Century including the
entrance porch where medieval villagers met and talked
whilst sitting on the stone seats.
The story of Norton and its beautiful church is told
in the colourful heraldry glass, memorials and hatchments.
Windows display the Arms of the Lords of Norton from Norman
to Victorian times.
The flags and shields of six saints fill the aisle windows -
George, Andrew, Patrick and David, Stephen the first martyr
and Edmund, King of the East Angles and martyr who died in
Norton Parish Council produce a Newsletter four times per
Click here to download the latest edition.