The Village of Burnham Norton in Norfolk

Picture (c) by John Ashley Photography

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 were destroyed. 

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 Titchwell.

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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