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About The Grange

The Grange

The Grange is a place of sanctuary for people and for nature. An ever-changing group of people from near and far call The Grange home for a short period of time during which they have the opportunity to find some peace from the often harsh realities of daily life, and to learn skills and gain basic qualifications.

We are based in an old rectory surrounded by 10 acres of beautiful meadows and gardens in the picturesque village of Great Cressingham in West Norfolk. We are fortunate to share the space with a wide range of wildlife including 26 species of mammal (incl. 9 bats), over 150 species of wildflower and 620 species of moth! We also look after ponies and chickens on the site and the River Wissey runs along our north-west boundary. The beauty of The Grange makes it a wonderful setting for people looking for peace and inspiration.

If you would like to find out more about what we do or have a group that you would like to bring to The Grange please do contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Grange is a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee with a board of Directors and a group of Elders who offer guidance and support. 

A bit of history

The Grange was built as a rectory in the mid 18th century for the rector of St. Michael's church in the village. It remained a church house until the 1930's when it was sold into private ownership. In 1975 Sophie's parents, Tom and Sally North, purchased The Grange and lived here until 1985. During that time The Grange was always full of people - some staying for a short time, some living here. There were drama workshops, a clock-making enterprise, a homemade hovercraft in the garden and all sorts of other amazing goings-on. Sophie was born at The Grange but moved to Tom's family home when she was 3 years old. We are hugely grateful to Tom and Sally, to Ben's parents Malcolm and Gia and to countless other people who help to make what we do here possible. 

Sophie's Mum, Sally, also runs a Victorian School on the site which welcomes hundreds of children from all over East Anglia and is extremely popular with all of our visitors. For more information on the school visit

"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself."
Andre Gide