Quidenham Civil Parish is distinctly rural in its nature and although it covers a large area and comprises four villages, Quidenham, Eccles, Wilby and Hargham, its population is comparatively small.  In the main its land use is agricultural.

Each village has its Hall and church and retains its particular identity. Eccles Hall is now a private school, Quidenham Hall, once the seat of the Dukes of Albemarle, is now home to a Carmelite Monastery and Wilby and Hargham are in the hands of private owners. Of the four churches three are still in use and that of Hargham has occasional services.  The Monastery in Quidenham has a chapel used regularly by the local Catholic population

Eccles has a splendid social facility, the Garnier Hall, popular for social events and as a venue for leisure and educational courses and activities.  There is also, attached to the Garnier Hall, a playing field with a children’s play area and a popular Petanque pitch.

In the grounds of Eccles Hall School is a museum dedicated to the 9th USA Bomber squadron which was stationed nearby during World War II and which used the spire of St. Andrew’s as a landmark to guide them back to base.

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