Cringleford is located 3 miles south west of Norwich and is a popular place in which to live. The name Cringleford is thought to mean ‘the ford by the round hill’ and a village existed here at least as early as Saxon times.
In 1519 AD the wooden bridge that was built across the River Yare was swept away by heavy floods and was rebuilt in brick and stone. The narrow bridge has, sadly, been the scene of many accidents, such as when the Norwich to Newmarket mail coach overturned in 1845, luckily with no loss of life.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Cringleford’s population was about 200, growing to over 1,000 by 1940. There is a good bus service and being so close to the centre of Norwich, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich Research Park, University of East Anglia and within easy reach of the A47, A11 and the A140, it attracts many professional people.
Taylor’s of Cringleford was founded in 1890 by Edward Taylor and was a well-known firm and, at one point, employed over 200 people. The firm built carts, wagons and tumbrils at first and then went on to become a flourishing coach-building business. They later went on to specialise in high-class joinery and worked in many churches and in Norwich and Ely Cathedral. In 1960 the business was bought by the building firm, R. G. Carter.
Today Cringleford is a very popular place to live and has a great village atmosphere with many desirable and sought-after properties. It has won the Norfolk Village of the Year Competition six times, Best Kept Children’s Play-area three times and has also won the Best Kept Village Green Competition.