Most people are surprised when visiting the small hamlet
of Burnham Thorpe that it retains its off the beaten
track atmosphere, unlike its neighbour Burnham Market,
which always seems to be bustling. This tranquil setting
is even more surprising when you consider its
connections with the illustrious Horatio Nelson who was
born in the village.
Unfortunately, Nelsons birthplace was demolished just
after his father's death and replaced by the present
rectory. Now only a roadside plaque marks the place
where the old rectory stood and where Nelson grew up.
The village has a wide green overlooked
by brick and flint Georgian houses. In the church
there is a marble bust of the hero above his father's
tomb. The church was restored in Nelson's honour in the
19th century and a cross in the chancel arch and a
lectern are both made from timbers taken from HMS
Horatio Nelson used to frequent the local pub, that in
his day was known as The Plough, which is now known as
The Lord Nelson. Nelson actually gave a dinner to the
young men of the village here before he left to take up
his command of the Agamemnon. Two years after Nelson’s
death the inn changed its name to the Lord Nelson. The
pub/inn is full of Nelson memorabilia and interesting
oldie worldly rooms and in winter has roaring log
Nearby Burnham Market
has an attractive range of unusual shops gathered around
its village green, along with cafes and
restaurants. Inland is the village of North Creake where on
its outskirts are to be found the remains of Creake
Abbey, founded in about 1206, by Sir Robert de Narford.
Originally an almshouse for the poor in 1231 it was
given the status of an Abbey of the Augustinian.
Heading towards the coast you will find Burnham Overy
Staithe a small coastal village with salt marshes
and channels out to the sea, well known for its sailing
and bird watching pursuits.
around 5 miles away has been home to the Earls of
Leicester for over two hundred and fifty years.
The house is set in a Deer park with a scenic
lake. Also attached to the estate are miles of
unspoilt beach and woodland. The hall is open to
visitors from the end of May until the end of September.
There is also a Bygones Museum, a Pottery and Cafe and
the church door is a notice
- "All who enter of your charity pray latch these doors
lest a bird enter and die of thirst"