The Village of Upper Sheringham in Norfolk
A visitors guide to the village of Upper
Sheringham located under 2 miles inland from the North Norfolk Coast. The
village nestles at the bottom of the woods of Pretty Corner and Roman Camp
and has a 14th century church at its heart. Cutting a dash with pebbles,
as many of the cottages have been built from beach pebbles, which have
been grounded and rounded by the North Sea.
Two hundred years ago there was a busy thriving community of fishermen
here. In 1901 the old borough of Sheringham became two distinct parishes
that of upper sheringham and lower sheringham, with lower sheringham the
Wrapping around parts of the village you will find Sheringham
, which is owned by the National Trust. Designed in 1812 by
Humphrey Repton the great landscape gardener (who is buried at Aylsham)
for Abbot Upcher
. The park
boasts spectacular views of the coast and countryside and has a wonderful
display of azaleas and rhododendron in May/early June. It also has a
number of towers (of varying heights) which are well worth the climb in
order to better appreciate the wonderful displays and the panoramic views.
Humphry Repton was the first to use the term 'landscape gardening' and in
all he created some 200 gardens and parks, however it is said that
Sheringham was his 'favourite and darling child'.
The Upcher Restaurant at the Dales Country House Hotel in Upper Sheringham
provides an imaginative menu with choices to suit everyone. There is
also a bar where they serve afternoon tea or a light meal.
For shops and other places to eat then head
to the seaside town of Sheringham which is just down the road, with its
other amenities for the holiday visitor - theatre - swimming pool - golf
course - museum - trains.
Weybourne, just two miles away from Upper
Sheringham is a village of flinty cottages, square towered church and a
lovely private windmill. During the Second World War, Weybourne Camp
was an important anti-aircraft firing range and training camp. It is now
the site of the Muckleburgh Collection, a museum of military equipment
with a display of tanks, armoured cars and artillery. You will also
find the North Norfolk Steam Railway at Weybourne, which links the towns
of seaside Sheringham and inland Holt.
Church of All Saints, on one of the bench ends near the north door, there
is a carving of a mermaid. The legend goes that a mermaid
presented herself at the church door and asked to be admitted, but she was
refused because she was not a Christian. However she managed to evade the
church guardian and slipped into the church. Hence the carving. We've
cheeked and it's still there.
has been a church in Upper Sheringham since the
Doomsday Survey, it was then valued at 4s.0d.
is a well that was given to the village
by Abbot Upcher in 1814 to celebrate European peace, following Napoleon's
exile to Elba. Though this of course proved to be a bit premature! The
well used to service the water requirements of the entire village until
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