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Stiffkey is a village and civil parish on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the A149 coast road, some 6km east of Wells-next-the-Sea, 6km west of Blakeney, and 40km north-west of the city of Norwich. The civil parish has an area of 14.55km2 and in the 2001 census had a population of 223 in 105 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.The River Stiffkey runs through the village, from which it takes its name, and used to power the Stiffkey watermill which was built before 1579. It was a small mill, running two pairs of stones, and it operated until 1881 when it was put up for auction as a warehouse. Little now remains of the mill: just a few low ruined walls showing the position of the building.Stiffkey is also famous for cockles Cerastoderma edule which still retain the old name of "Stewkey blues". These are stained blue by the mud in which they live.EtymologyStiffkey is first evidenced in the Domesday Book of 1086, and means 'stump island, island with stumps of trees'.Wildlife sitesForming part of the Blakeney Point, a National nature reserve, the Stiffkey Salt Marshes create an extensive habitat for a wide range of birds and plantlife. The salt marshes which are owned and managed by the National Trust are open to the public.
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