|OS Grid: TF 680300||Approx 2.2m 3.6km From the Coast View Google Map|
|Latitude: 52° 50' 27"|
|Longitude:0° 29' 41"|
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On the estate is Park House which was
leased by the Spencer family and was the birthplace of
Lady Diana Spencer. Sandringham Country Park is open all
year and covers an area of 250 hectares (over 600 acres)
of carefully managed woodland and heath. When The Queen
or members of the Royal Family are not in residence, the
house is open to the public. Sandringham Estate hosts
craft fairs and country shows throughout the year. The
name of Sandringham comes from a shortened version of
'Sant Dersignham' meaning the sandy part of
Five miles away from Dersingham is the busier seaside resort of Hunstanton with its sandy beaches, indoor swimming pool and other sporting and leisure facilities. Lots of entertainment for the children here with a fair, donkey rides and Sea Life Sanctuary containing displays of life under the ocean waves.
Dersingham village has a good range of
amenities with a supermarket, butcher, Chinese
take-away, fish & chip shop and two pubs
offering restaurant and bar meals. The church of St.
Nicholas at Dersingham is a listed building which dates
from the 15th century. From Dersingham visitors can
enjoy extensive woodland, beach and countryside walks.
Dersingham is served by buses operating between King's Lynn and Hunstanton. King's Lynn is also well worth a visit as its a historic medieval port dating back to the 12th century, situated on the River Great Ouse.
Dersingham Nature Reserve is managed by English Nature a reserve of three distinct habitats, mire, heath and woodland. Birds such as redpoll, crossbill, long-eared owl, Tree Pipit and sparrowhawk are attracted to Dersingham Bog as it is sometimes called.
At nearby Heacham is England's oldest lavender farm with nearly 100 acres of lavender, gift and plant shops and tearoom. During the months of July and August minibus trips take people out to see the harvesting of the Lavender fields.
The previous owner of Sandringham was Charles Spencer Cowper a gambler who had the knickname of "Expensive Cowper". At the age of 30 he had inherited two Norfolk estates, Beachemwell and Sandringham.
When his debts increased he sold the
estate of 7,000 acres to the future King Edward VII who
brought his new wife Princess Alexandra of Denmark to it
in 1863. King Edward is said to have paid £220,000 for
the estate, three times its actual value at the time. A
hotel in the village had as a guest in its past some of
King Edwards VII mistress' including Lilly Langtree.