The Village of Sheringham in Norfolk
A visitors guide to the traditional seaside
village of Sheringham in Norfolk, which has an attractive old-fashioned
unchanging atmosphere and wide sandy beaches washed by shallow waters.
Until the end of the 1800s this town was little more than a small fishing
village, nowadays it has its own buoyant appeal in summer with the
entertainment ranging from the traditional penny arcade to one of the most
intimate little theatres in the country.
There are a number of art and craft outlets
along with all the normal shops that one would expect from a thriving
seaside town. Fish and shell fish are sold in the fish shops, caught by
the local fishermen who can be seen launching their boats down a
precipitous slipway below the bridge that joins the east and west
promenades. Two pitch and puts, two amusement arcades, lots of teashops
and a wide range of eateries. Including of course the seaside favourite of
traditional fish and chips.
In the middle of the town is the 'Little Theatre' an all year round art
centre promoting music films and drama.
The beach has a ridge of pebbles at high tide but the ebb tide reveals
extensive clean washed sands. There is easy access for wheelchairs down to
the promenades. Seaside gardens with all year round colour hug the
cliff tops with plenty of seats and suntraps to snooze away those summer
Sheringham has the benefit of not one but
two stations, with the regular commuter train running all the way down to
Norwich with its shops Castle Museum and wonderful cathedral.
But for pure nostalgia in the shape of a smoke belching steam train then
there is the North Norfolk Railway, featured in many a television
production such as Sherlock Holmes and Dads Army. Its route takes it
across pastoral landscape through the villages of Weybourne
to its final destination of
Holt. Take advantage of the railways 'all day ticket that offers unlimited
travel allowing you to alight at the intermediary stops before your final
destination of either Holt
or Sheringham. For
holiday accommodation in Sheringham or closeby - self catering - bed and
breakfast - camping and caravan - hotel - inns - guest house - look at our
accommodation pages. For a ghostly tale set around the cliff tops visit
our Myth and Legend
Sheringham are known as Shannocks but the
origin of the word is unknown. There is a word Shanny defined as Shatter
Brained in use in East Anglia and it is thought that Shannock was probably
derived from this word and meant a wild reckless lot of people.
is also famous for the Singing Postman Allan
Smethurst who released a single called "The Singing Postman " containing
the famous "Hey yew gotta loight boy?" which translate as "Have you got a
dwelt beside the great North
Sea, A hale and Hearty company, Of men and women brave and free Who called
themselves the Shannocks"
was carried out in Sheringham as to
the distances travelled by crabs. A crab was tagged and released off
Sheringham beach in June 1965. This same crab was caught in October off
Southwold having covered 54 miles in 126 days. It is not known if the crab
then suffered the fate of all caught crabs and was eaten, we hope not!
to be established in Sheringham was a branch of
Gurney & Co. in 1890. Gurney’s business was transferred to Barclay
& Company on 1st July 1896 on the same site as the present banks
of the number of boats driven ashore at
Sheringham it was decided to establish a lifeboat at Sheringham. The first
boat was the Augusta which was presented by the Hon. Mrs. Charlotte Upcher
and named in memory of her youngest daughter Augusta Elizabeth. She was
built at Upper Sheringham at a cost of £134.12s 2d and was given her first
practice launch on 14th November 1838. The Augusta was maintained by
the Upcher family and it was not until 1867 that a Royal National Lifeboat
Institution boat was stationed at Sheringham. This was the DUNCAN which
was launched on 1st August 1867.
There is a history of longevity in both
Sheringham’s and Beeston Regis. Here are a few examples, in 1703 Thomas
Cook lived to the age of 93, 1724 Sara Springall lived to the age of 82,
in 1787 Dorothy Evans lived to the age of 91 and Elizabeth Breeze died at
the age of 83 in 1807. If any one knows the reason for this we would be
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