Back in its past Overstrand was once a fishing village and this tradition still continues but on a much smaller scale. The village was popularised by Clement Scott, a Daily Telegraph and Morning Post writer, who coined the term Poppyland, because of the many wild red poppies which grew in the grass and wheat fields along the hedgerows and on the cliffs. His romantic tales about the area drew the rich and famous and the village became known as the Village of Millionaires.
Nowadays the village has slipped back
into anonymity and takes the form of a quiet holiday
resort with good sandy beaches, though please note there
is a steep causeway down to the beach, which may not
suit all legs!
For a busier seaside resort visit Cromer some two miles down
the road, where you will find a cinema, museum,
squash and tennis courts, pitch and putt and of course
the famous end of pier show at Cromer Pier, as well as a
larger range of shops for retail therapy.
The Sea Marge a large mock-Tudor style
building and now a hotel and restaurant was designed by
Arthur Bloomfield for Sir Edgar Speye. A Banker who
helped fund the original London Underground, yet who was
deported during the First World War because of his
German connections. Even Winston Churchill’s father
owned a house in the village called Pear Tree Cottage.