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Great Massingham has been named as one of the best places to live in the East of England.

The accolade comes in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live survey, released today.

The West Norfolk village is a newcomer to the list but make the top 70 locations nationwide, including seven from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Storm clouds over Great Massingham. (55966031)
Storm clouds over Great Massingham. (55966031)

The comment on the village said: "With its huge, picturesque green, complete with duck pond, and brilliant community spirit, village life is at its most idyllic here.

"The shop is an award-winner and there’s a property to suit every taste, from brick-and-flint cottages to hefty barn conversions, and the coast is just a half-hour drive away."

It notes that the average house price in the village is now £364,000 - a 31 per cent increase since 2020.

No other Norfolk village was named in the list although Norwich was named as overall the best place to live.

The Dabbling Duck at Great Massingham (55965965)
The Dabbling Duck at Great Massingham (55965965)

Great Massingham, which has a population of about 1,000, has its own primary school and its popular local pub the Dabbling Duck is known to be a favourite with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they are at nearby Sandringham.

The pub gets its name from the wild fowl to be found on the prominent ponds in the village.

The survey, produced in association with the Halifax, names Ilkley in West Yorkshire as the best place to live in the country. Find the full survey here

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