The Village of Beeston Regis in Norfolk
A visitors guide to Beeston Regis located
on the North Norfolk Coast. Beeston is largely a residential town, but
with a number of interesting features for the visitor. The first being
Beacon Hill, which rises to over 300 feet and at its base in summer you
will quite often find fields of poppies. Beacon Hill is a good vantage
point and well worth the climb for the views, both inland and out to sea.
Beston Regis Heath is 30 acres of heath and woodland with its circular
pits originally called ‘Hills and Holes’ in the first edition of the
Ordnance Survey maps. They are thought to date from prehistoric times and
were used to obtain iron ore which was then smelted in a furnace during
Saxon-Norman to Medieval times AD 850-1100. The Commons do have some
waymarked trails although those with a more adventurous spirit can take
smaller paths, however, as much of the Commons are wet it is advisable to
wear stout shoes or boots. There are also extensive ruins of an
Augustinian Priory founded in 1197 within Beeston Regis.
The visitor attraction Priory Maze and Gardens has two mazes set in
gardens of ten acres, as well as a tea room. Beeston Regis has a
village shop and village inn.
Under a mile round the coast is the larger seaside resort
with its Steam Trains and
train links to the city of Norwich
. A priory
founded in Beston Regis during
the reign of King John and it is said that the Dunstable Arms Inn at
Beeston Regis has a tunnel which runs from the building to the old priory
site on the side of the common.
An Old Dity
on the subject
of Black Shuck - 'And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring,
And its wild bark thrill’d around, His eyes had the glow of the fires
below, Twas the form of the Spectre Hound'
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