The Village of Thornham in Norfolk
A visitors guide to the old smuggling
village of Thornham, located on the North Norfolk Coast. Thornham
encapsulates the tranquillity of the Norfolk coast a place that once
thrived as much on smuggling as it did on other activities. Nowadays
it is renowned for its natural beauty and is a a popular place for bird
watchers with mile upon mile of beautiful marshes etched by veins of salt
Artists also come with brush and palette to capture the enchantment of
this village. Here you can enjoy coastal and countryside walks and for the
ornithologist amongst you the RSPB reserve at Tichwell is just half a mile
Secluded beaches with excellent sands can be reached after a mile long
walk out along the Norfolk Coastal Path. During the 18th and
19th centuries Thornham benefited from a large harbour and was a popular
place with smugglers. These smugglers would sink their contraband off the
coast, in water proof containers, then when the tide had receded the
locals would recover the goods.
The Old Lifeboat Inn located down by the marshes is said to have been the
place where the smugglers dished up their ill gotten gains. You can still
stay or eat at the Lifeboat Inn and its not necessary to be a 'Smuggler'!
In the village itself is another traditional country pub and an inn and
the Old Coach House, which has a Mediterranean
style. For holiday accommodation in Thornham or
closeby - self catering - holiday cottages - bed and breakfast -
hotel - pubs and inns, look at our accommodation pages.
The larger seaside resort of Hunstanton is just four miles away further
round the coast, a centre for windsurfing, yachting and access to golf
courses. It also has a theatre, a Sea Life Centre, crazy golf, a
Funfair and other seaside attractions.
Titchwell Marsh under two miles away is one
of the RSPB's most visited reserve with hundreds of thousands of migrating
birds passing through in spring and autumn. Unrivalled opportunity to see
many species of ducks, waders, seabirds and geese.
Inland is the village of Docking with its
charm and history, village stocks, old lock up and carefully hidden
village stores. One of Norfolks unsung heroes was born here in 1845,
George Smith the youngest son of the local shoemaker He went to Natal as a
missionary in 1871 when the Zulu war started seven years later he became
attached to the British Army as a temporary chaplain and played a
prominent part in the defence of Rorkes Drift.
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