Buried in the churchyard at Blakeneys St.
Nicholas, is Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin a famous
racing driver from the 20's and early 30's. Birkin
was one of the group of drivers known as the 'Bentley
Boys'. He had two wins in Le Mans in 1929 and also in
Birkin was not a permanent resident of Blakeney, though
he spent his honeymoon in the village in
He would also, quite often drive up after midnight from
his place at Mayfair to the Norfolk fishing village to
attend a duck shoot. He also enjoyed spending time
with the locals particularly the Blakeney fishermen and
would sit with them down at the harbour swapping tales
of the sea.
It was his wish that when he died he be buried in
Blakeney, an event, which tragically took place whilst
Birkin was still very young. He died in 1933 aged
only 36 as a result of lead poisoning, caused by exhaust
deposits burned into his arm.