Bergh Apton

  • Village Sign
  • Tuesday FriendsChristmas lunch
  • Tuesday FriendsChristmas lunch
  • Louis de Bernieres in concert in Bergh Apton Church
  • A summer evening with Louis de Bernieres in concert in Bergh Apton Church
  • Entranced audience for Louis de Bernieres in concert in Bergh Apton Church
Originally, Bergh Apton was two separate villages; Apton to the north-west and Bergh to the south-east, each with its own church. Apton was served by the church of St. Martin which lay near the present day Church Farm on Dodgers Lane, its last recorded use being in 1555 and the remains being finally cleared in 1834. Bergh was served by the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul which stands on a low hill overlooking the River Chet which marks the southern boundary of the now combined parish. The church appears to have been reconstructed in the 14th century, with local flint with ashlar and brick details.[2]

Earlier settlement details are available from the Norfolk heritage trust.. and contain the following.

The parish of Bergh Apton, in South Norfolk, was once two settlements, Bergh, from the Old English meaning a ‘hill or mound’, and Apton, meaning a ‘farm or enclosure belonging to Api’.
There is some evidence for early occupation in the parish; Mesolithic flints (NHER 10306), Neolithic axes (NHER 10313, 10435 and 10436) have been found scattered throughout the parish. There are a number of Bronze Age barrows in the parish, most of which are clustered in the east of the parish, next to the parish boundary. The site of a possible Roman villa (NHER 10316) is in the south of the parish, close to the site of an Early Saxon cemetery (NHER 1011). Painted wall plaster, roof tile, pottery and coins have all been found at the site, but there is little other evidence for the lives of the rest of the inhabitants of Roman Bergh Apton, whose daily lives were presumably very different from those living in the villa.

For some reason, a Sculpture Trail of note was organised by the villagers who hold precious their community and work tirelessly to ensure it remains just that, a community.


2 thoughts on “Bergh Apton”

    1. Hi Martin

      Thanks for your enquiry. We are not running the sculpture trail this year, but may run it again in the future. Instead we are holding a cycle of Mystery Plays. They will be performed on 24th May, 1st June and 8th June. Tickets will go on sale in February.

      Further details can be found on Facebook:

      and you can see a clip of the 2011 Mystery Play “A Mighty Water” on Youtube:

      We hope you will be able to attend.


      Peter Lyle

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