The Village of Great Snoring in Norfolk
A visitors guide to the inland village of
Great Snoring in North Norfolk. Great Snoring is smaller than its sister
Little Snoring, an unspoilt and peaceful place for those seeking rest and
relaxation. This compact little village has handsome houses of flint
and brick lining either side of a narrow main street.
The origin of the names is Saxon, in the Domesday Survey it is recorded as
Snarringes, the home of the family and descendants of someone named
Snear. It was in 1611 that the then lord of the manor Sir Ralph
Shelton sold Great Snoring to Lord Chief Justice Richardson. Sir Ralph is
reported to have said "I can sleep without Snoring".
There are good opportunities for walkers and birdwatchers in this quiet
rural village and also a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful
North Norfolk coast with the seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea just six
miles away. For a range of shops the market town of Fakenham is four
miles down the road and as well as having a weekly market Fakenham also
holds a Farmers Market on the 4th Saturday of each month.
There is a lovely two mile walk/bridal path that runs from Great Snoring
all the way through to the medieval village of Little Walsingham through
picturesque countryside. For your nearest inn and shop and for basic
provision the village of Little Snoring is just two miles.
Nearby is the The Thursford Collection a wonderful accumulation of organs,
traction engines, steam rollers, steam tractors and fairground
rides. There are live musical shows featuring nine very different
mechanical pipe organs and starring Robert Wolfe in the Wurlitzer
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