Beyton is a small, rural,
of the A14 and 2 miles to the south of the
with a station at Thurston.
The village existed before the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Domesday Book
refers to Begotona, and mentions a homestead, but not the church. The antiquity
of the settlement can be seen in the Saxon church tower and a bricked-up
Norman doorway in the north wall. The tower is one of only four such
buttressed structures found in the western half of
from two settlements – Beyton Green and a small cluster of houses around the c
hurch, situated on the highest land in the area – almost 70m above sea level.
At the time of the first post-war census, in 1954, the population was 394. The
Village Plan of 1977 records that in 1975 the population had remained virtually
unchanged at 398, but the highest figure recorded up to that date was 447 in 1961.
The current electorate is just over 550. The atmosphere of the village is distinctly
rural (an attribute the village protects) and closely connected to the surrounding
In 1979 a new A45 road (re-designated A14 in 1996) was opened which
by-passed Beyton. This relieved the village of all but local traffic and altered its
whole atmosphere. In 1991 the village sign was erected, reflecting the church and
four geese representative of the flock which have frequented the attractive village
green for many years.
Beyton won the
beating 28 other entrants – in latter years an attempt was thwarted when judges
felt the droppings from the village geese were detrimental! The village is very
protective of its famous geese, and no further entries to the competition have