The Village of Upper Sheringham in Norfolk

Upper Sheringham Norfolk Holidays

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 seaside resort.
Wrapping around parts of the village you will find Sheringham Park, 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.

Norfolk or Suffolk Bird Watching - Click the What to do Link. In the 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.

For Norfolk or Suffolk Magazine Articles - Click the Articles Link. There has been a church in Upper Sheringham since the Doomsday Survey, it was then valued at 4s.0d.

In the square 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 the 1950's

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