The Village of Burnham Norton in Norfolk
No pubs or inns, no hotels or shops here.
The village of Burnham Norton sits in splendid isolation tucked away down
a lane off the main coastal road. This hamlet of a handful of properties
enjoys stunning views across the marshy foreshore where cattle graze on
the salt marshes of Norton Marsh.
Slightly inland opposite a school are the ruins of a Carmelite Friary
founded in 1242. During the 14th and 15th century this was a thriving
community of about 15 friars. However, like many other friaries it fell
victim to Henry VIII's reformation when many religious buildings
Some distance from the village is Burnham Nortons church, where in the
eighteenth century Horatio Nelsons father was rector, he was also rector
to three other churches; Burnham Ulph, Burnham Sutton, and Burnham Thorpe.
It is believed that the pulpit in the church was presented to the local
community by a man who was caught stealing oysters from the marshes as a
penance. Richard Woodget Captain of the famous Cutty Sark is buried here.
Nearby Burnham Market offers stylish shops
and galleries together with an wide choice of good pubs and eateries.
Birdwatchers visit Norfolk in Autumn, Winter and Spring for memorable
sightings of waterfowl and smaller birds on the saltmarshes and mudflats.
There are reserves at Holme next the Sea and the RSPB reserve at
For golf there is The Royal West Norfolk
Golf Club at Brancaster. With sailing available including tuition at
Brancaster Staithe or Wells next the Sea.
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