For eateries there are two hotels
(Caley Hall Hotel and Le Strange Arms Hotel) and the
Neptune Restaurant, all have a varied menu and some have
bar meals available.
Originally a fishing village, Old
Hunstanton can trace its history back to AD 855 when St.
Edmund was shipwrecked here in, the ruins of a chapel
said to have been built by St. Edmund as thanks for his
survival, stand on the cliff top close to the 19th
century white lighthouse.
The Le Strange family were the squires
and lords of the manor of this area for over eight
hundred years. They came over from France in
1100 and it is they who put this area ‘on the map’. The
man on the horse on the village sign at Old Hunstanton
is probably Roger L’Estrange who built the Hall. The
head of the Le Strange family is also the Hereditary
Lord High Admiral of the Wash and may claim possession
of anything on the beach or in the sea for ‘as far as a
man can ride a horse or throw a spear’, hence the spear
in the mans hand. In the 1930s the famous German long
distance swimmer Fraulein Mercedes Gleitze swam from
Lincolnshire to Norfolk. It is said that when she came
ashore at Old Hunstanton the then Squire stepped forward
and advised her of this right and claimed her as his
legal property. It is not known what the Fraulein’s
response to this was! There is a ghost story attached to
one of the Le
During the 1920's the writer PG Wodehouse was a frequent guest of the Le Strange family of Hunstanton in Hunstanton Hall. The Hall was said to have been the inspiration for Rudge Hall, Aunt Agathas house at Woollam Chertsey. It has even been hinted that his Jeeves character was modelled on some of the personalities at the hall during his frequent visits and that many of his books were written whilst he was punting around in a little boat on the Halls moat. Wodehouse once wrote "I spend most of my time on the moat, which is really a sizeable lake. I'm writing this in a punt with my typewriter on a bed-table wobbling on one of the seats. There is a duck close by which utters occasional quacks that sound like a man with an unpleasant voice saying nasty things in an undertone." The Hall has now been turned into private residential flats.
The church of St. Mary the Virgin of
Old Hunstanton is located slightly outside the village
of Old Hunstanton. Signposted from the coastal road, it
resides down a winding lane beside a duck thronged pool.
Here you will find graves and memorials to the Le
Strange family, squires and lords of the manor
thereabouts. Also of interest in the churchyard are two
graves of men who were killed by Norfolk smugglers back