This building used to belong to the
Heydon family who originally came from the small Norfolk
village of Heydon. Sir John Heydon was a lawyer of
dubious repute who lived during the reigns of Henry VI
and Edward IV. He began work on the castle in the 15th
century towards the end of the Wars of the Roses and his
family and their descendants lived in the castle until
1920 when one of the turrets collapsed.
The village does not have an inn, but the village of Hempstead just over a mile away does, The Hare and Hounds. Baconsthorpe is easily within reach of the town of Holt, considered to be one of the most attractive small towns in North Norfolk with a main street lined by Georgian buildings.
Along with a good range of shops
(including a supermarket) and eateries you will find the
North Norfolk Railway on the outskirts of the town, with
its steam trains that connects Holt with the seaside
resort of Sheringham.
Sherngham also has a train line that
runs all the way into historic Norwich.
In the hills southwest of Sheringham lies the old home
of a Regency gentleman, a house of grey brick in a
setting of trees azaleas and rhododendrons. The park now
managed by the National Trust was designed by Humphry
Repton, one of the great landscape gardeners who
followed Capability Brown.