The Village of Burnham Market in Norfolk

Burnham Market Holidays

A visitors guide to the inland Georgian village of Burnham Market located not far from the the North Norfolk coastline. Burnham Market is approximately three miles from the coast and is popular with visitors at all times of the year, as there is always a buzz about the place and it has its own energy even on cold winter days.

There are a variety of small and interesting shops, which cater for every need, as well as lots of places to stay and places to eat. The wide village green is surrounded by houses dating from the late 17th and 18th century, some of them with earlier buildings behind the facades, all in all very picturesque. There is always a hustle and bustle about Burnham Market, especially around the village green, the heart of the community.

The surrounding streets have equally attractive but smaller cottages in a range of ages and styles whilst on the outskirts lie the larger manor houses and farms. Burnham Market is at the centre of the original seven Burnhams and is also the largest and the busiest.  Anyone looking for a quieter venue should try one of the other Burnhams, all of which have their own unique character. At the western end of the town is the church of St. Mary Westgate which has a fine flint work tower. 

For golfing enthusiasts there are two well-known golf courses nearby the lovely links course of Old Hunstanton is just down the road and The Royal West-Norfolk at Brancaster only a few miles away.

  Burnhams Westgate, Sutton and Ulph (named after a Danish chieftain, brother of King Canute) make up Burnham Market itself.

The Goose Beck which flows through the town and is channelled through the village green before discharging into the River Burn. Occasionally when the north winds coincide with the spring tide the Goose Beck floods and creates small fords in the market place and on the roads which then have to be forded by pedestrians much to the amusement of children and the fortitude of the locals.

An old middle ages verse goes as follows "London York and Coventry and the Seven Burnhams by the sea".

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