No pubs or inns or hotels or shops
here. The village of Burnham Norton sits in splendid
isolation tucked away down a lane off the main coastal
road. This hamlet of a handful of properties enjoys
stunning views across the marshy foreshore where cattle
graze on the salt marshes of Norton Marsh.
Slightly inland opposite a school are the ruins of a
Carmelite Friary founded in 1242. During the 14th and
15th century this was a thriving community of about 15
friars. However, like many other friaries it fell victim
to Henry VIII's reformation when many religious
buildings were destroyed.
Some distance from the village is Burnham Nortons
church, where in the eighteenth century Horatio Nelsons
father was rector, he was also rector to three other
churches; Burnham Ulph, Burnham Sutton, and Burnham
Thorpe. It is believed that the pulpit in the church was
presented to the local community by a man who was caught
stealing oysters from the marshes as a penance. Richard
Woodget Captain of the famous Cutty Sark is buried here.
Nearby Burnham Market offers stylish
shops and galleries together with an wide choice of good
pubs and eateries.
Birdwatchers visit Norfolk in Autumn, Winter and Spring
for memorable sightings of waterfowl and smaller birds
on the saltmarshes and mudflats. There are reserves at
Holme next the Sea and the RSPB reserve at Titchwell.
For golf there is The Royal West
Norfolk Golf Club at Brancaster. With sailing
available including tuition at Brancaster Staithe or
Wells next the Sea.