This building used to belong to the Heydon
family who originally came from the small Norfolk village of Heydon. Sir
John Heydon was a lawyer of dubious repute who lived during the reigns of
Henry VI and Edward IV. He began work on the castle in the 15th century
towards the end of the Wars of the Roses and his family and their
descendants lived in the castle until 1920 when one of the turrets
When the fortune of the Heydon family started to decline they began to demolish the castle and offered the stone for sale.
The village does not have an inn, but the village of Hempstead just over a mile away does, The Hare and Hounds. Baconsthorpe is easily within reach of the town of Holt, considered to be one of the most attractive small towns in North Norfolk with a main street lined by Georgian buildings.
Along with a good range of shops (including a
supermarket) and eateries you will find the North Norfolk Railway on the
outskirts of the town, with its steam trains that connects Holt with the
seaside resort of Sheringham.
Sheringham six miles away is a bustling seaside town with a market every Saturday and a smaller one on Wednesdays. There are a number of art and craft shops along with the normal shops that one would expect from a thriving community. Here you will also find The Little Theatre, which is a year round art centre, promoting music films and drama.
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