The Village of Overstrand in Norfolk
A visitors guide to the seaside village of
Overstrand located on the North Norfolk Coast. There's something about the
village of Overstrand that brings the term 'suburbia' to ones mind.
Bungalows with neat colourful gardens, flank the main road, whilst deeper
into the village you will find very little traffic.
Back in its past Overstrand was once a
fishing village and this tradition still continues but on a much smaller
scale. The village was popularised by Clement Scott, a Daily Telegraph and
Morning Post writer, who coined the term Poppyland, because of the many
wild red poppies which grew in the grass and wheat fields along the
hedgerows and on the cliffs. His romantic tales about the area drew the
rich and famous and the village became known as the Village of
Nowadays the village has slipped back into
anonymity and takes the form of a quiet holiday resort with good sandy
beaches, though please note there is a steep causeway down to the beach,
which may not suit all legs!
Golfers are well catered for with the Royal Cromer Golf Course close by.
Overstrand has a village stores, post office, a traditional village
pub/inn with a first class restaurant, a deli and a restaurant with a sea
view at the Sea Marge Hotel and on the cliff sits the Cliff Top Cafe,
which serves good food all day.
For a busier seaside resort visit Cromer
some two miles down the road, where you will find a cinema, museum,
squash and tennis courts, pitch and putt and of course the famous end of
pier show at Cromer Pier, as well as a larger range of shops for retail
known as the Village of
Millionaires and was the favourite watering hole of the rich and famous
many of whom built huge elaborate second homes here. No less than six
millionaires had houses in the village. The Pleasaunce was commissioned by
Lord and Lady Battersea (she was a Rothschild), the house was designed by
Edwin Lutyens and the grounds designed by Gertrude Jekyll.
It is now a Christian Fellowship Holiday Home. Overstrand Hall was
designed for Lord and Lady Hillingdon.
The Sea Marge a large mock-Tudor style building and now a hotel and
restaurant was designed by Arthur Bloomfield for Sir Edgar Speye. A Banker
who helped fund the original London Underground, yet who was deported
during the First World War because of his German connections. Even Winston
Churchill’s father owned a house in the village called Pear Tree Cottage.
architect Sir Edwin Lutyen
Methodist Church. It is thought to be the only non-conformist church he
designed. A strange plain brick lower floor and a flint and glass
Anglo Saxon times Overstrand was
Strand. Overstrand means ‘ above the beach’.
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