Corpusty and Saxthorpe is a twin village on opposite banks of the River Bure in North Norfolk in the east of England It is about sixteen miles north of Norwich and about six miles south of the attractive market town of Holt. Other adjacent smaller market towns – each about three miles away – are Aylsham and Reepham. Corpusty and Saxthorpe is about ten miles from the north Norfolk coast.
Traditions suggest that the name Corpusty originates from the Norse “korpr” meaning raven and “stye” meaning way. Saxthorpe is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1085 in which it is recorded variously as ‘’Sastorp’’, “Saxiorp” and “Saxthorp”.
There are two churches. Corpusty’s small church, Saint Peter, stands alone on the outskirts to the south of the village and can be seen for miles around. This church, no longer open for worship other than for one service held annually in the summer, has been extensively restored. Saxthorpe’s Church, St Andrew’s, was built in 1482 although the chancel and tower are thought to be older. The church has a 15th century screen with tracery above panels which are decorated with flowers and foliage.The beams of the north aisle roof have a boss with a grinning lion carving. The altar rail is carved with pillars and balusters and date from the 17th century. The church is a Grade I listed building
Corpusty once had four pubs: The Wheatsheaf, The Horse shoes, The Castle and The Dukes Head, only the last pub remains open. It overlooks the village green. The village also has a school, a shop and a very active village hall run by the village hall committee.
Corpusty and Saxthorpe Bonfire is held every year on November 5th. A life size guy is made and pulled around the village with a procession on a cart. As the guy is hauled to the bonfire it is followed by people dressed up carrying flaming torches. The guy is lifted to the top of the bonfire and set alight, a signal for the spectacular firework display begins. The event is very popular, attracting people from a wide area. Although it is free, donations are collected. These go toward the following year’s event and to local charities.