Sheringham in Norfolk, has an attractive old-fashioned
unchanging atmosphere and wide sandy beaches washed by
shallow waters. Until the end of the 1800s this town was
little more than a small fishing village, nowadays it
has its own buoyant appeal in summer with the
entertainment ranging from the traditional penny arcade
to one of the most intimate little theatres in the
There are a number of art and craft
outlets along with all the normal shops that one would
expect from a thriving seaside town. Fish and shell fish
are sold in the fish shops, caught by the local
fishermen who can be seen launching their boats down a
precipitous slipway below the bridge that joins the east
and west promenades. Two pitch and puts, two amusement
arcades, lots of teashops and a wide range of eateries.
Including of course the seaside favourite of traditional
fish and chips.
In the middle of the town is the 'Little Theatre' an all
year round art centre promoting music films and drama.
The beach has a ridge of pebbles at high tide but the
ebb tide reveals extensive clean washed sands. There is
easy access for wheelchairs down to the
promenades. Seaside gardens with all year round
colour hug the cliff tops with plenty of seats and
suntraps to snooze away those summer days.
Sheringham has the benefit of not one
but two stations, with the regular commuter train
running all the way down to Norwich with its shops
Castle Museum and wonderful cathedral.
But for pure nostalgia in the shape of a smoke belching
steam train then there is the North Norfolk Railway,
featured in many a television production such as
Sherlock Holmes and Dads Army. Its route takes it across
pastoral landscape through the villages of Weybourne and Kelling to its final
destination of Holt. Take advantage of the railways 'all
day ticket that offers unlimited travel allowing you to
alight at the intermediary stops before your final
destination of either Holt or
Sheringham. For holiday accommodation in Sheringham or
closeby - self catering - bed and breakfast - camping
and caravan - hotel - inns - guest house - look at our
accommodation pages. For a ghostly tale set around the
cliff tops visit our Myth
and Legend pages.
The people of Sheringham are known as
Shannocks but the origin of the word is unknown. There
is a word Shanny defined as Shatter Brained in use in
East Anglia and it is thought that Shannock was probably
derived from this word and meant a wild reckless lot of
Sheringham is also famous for the Singing
Postman Allan Smethurst who released a single called
"The Singing Postman " containing the famous "Hey yew
gotta loight boy?" which translate as "Have you got a
An Old Ditty "There dwelt beside the great
North Sea, A hale and Hearty company, Of men and women
brave and free Who called themselves the Shannocks"
An experiment was carried out in Sheringham as to the
distances travelled by crabs.
A crab was tagged and released off Sheringham beach in
June 1965. This same crab was caught in October off
Southwold having covered 54 miles in 126 days. It is not
known if the crab then suffered the fate of all caught
crabs and was eaten, we hope not!
first Bank to be established in
Sheringham was a branch of Gurney & Co. in 1890.
Gurney’s business was transferred to Barclay &
Company on 1st July 1896 on the same site as the present
result of the number of boats
driven ashore at Sheringham it was decided to establish
a lifeboat at Sheringham. The first boat was the Augusta
which was presented by the Hon. Mrs. Charlotte Upcher
and named in memory of her youngest daughter Augusta
Elizabeth. She was built at Upper Sheringham at a cost
of £134.12s 2d and was given her first practice launch
on 14th November 1838. The Augusta was maintained
by the Upcher family and it was not until 1867 that a
Royal National Lifeboat Institution boat was stationed
at Sheringham. This was the DUNCAN which was launched on
1st August 1867.
Longevity – There is a history of longevity
in both Sheringham’s and Beeston Regis. Here are a few
examples, in 1703 Thomas Cook lived to the age of 93,
1724 Sara Springall lived to the age of 82, in 1787
Dorothy Evans lived to the age of 91 and Elizabeth
Breeze died at the age of 83 in 1807. If any one knows
the reason for this we would be very interested!