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Hunstanton Location: Norfolk, East of England, England, UK.

Postcode for Hunstanton: PE36

Hunstanton Dialling Code: 01485

Hunstanton Population: 4,961 (Census of 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Hunstanton: TF6740

This quiet little Victorian resort offers a couple of peculiar attributes: it is the one and only seaside resort in the whole of East Anglia that looks west, and it features a three-quarter mile length of odd multi-coloured cliffs, which stand around 60 ft high. Under the cliffs there are big boulders that have tumbled from the cliff, and beyond there is a fantastic sandy beach, where at low tide sea-eroded rocks are revealed, with a multitude of shimmering rock pools, excellent for youngsters to explore. Nowadays you can still find reminders of Hunstantons' Victorian roots, like the promenade, the esplanade gardens and the large green.

New Hunstanton grew up towards the end of the 1800s, following the arrival of the train in eighteen sixty two, separate from the original village today termed Old Hunstanton. The landowners at that time were the Le Stranges , and it was this family who were largely responsible for the development of the town. Atop the cliffs you can explore the historic remains of St Edmund's Chapel, at the point where the King of the Angles (Edmund), is thought to have come ashore in 850 AD. In close proximity is a lighthouse, which can now be rented as a holiday accommodation.

High Street, Hunstanton - geograph.org.uk - 1458719The eight hundred and thirty foot Hunstanton Pier was opened on Easter Day, 1870. In 1882, the paddle steamer service started to Skegness Pier by way of the Wash. In the 1890s a pavilion was added to the pier, but was ultimately damaged by a fire in 1939 and was not restored. Just after the Second World War, Hunstanton Pier housed a roller-skating centre and a tiny zoo. A mini steam train at one time operated along the pier, however it was disassembled in the 50s.

The sea end of the pier later fell into disuse though, towards the landward end, a two-storey amusement building (replacing a run down cafe and arcade) was opened for business in nineteen sixty four. At beginning of 1978, a bad storm damaged most of the pier and the local council removed a section at the end some weeks later. The landward end arcade survived the storm, in spite of this, in 2002, the whole thing, and also the remainder of the pier, were destroyed by yet another fire. These days, a sparkling new arcade and bowling alley occupies the site, but while the structure is still regarded by the community as the 'Pier', there's more or less nothing still left of what was formerly the traditional landmark. You'll find 2 ramps from the promenade onto the sand, one, which is for sailing boats, is north of the pier, and another, for powerboats, is along the southern extremity of the prom. There are sailing and powerboating clubs, and sometimes various waterskiing tournaments are held here. The beach to the south of the pier is shielded by groynes, underwater at high tide and identified by tall poles with baskets on top. The fishing is also excellent here, with dab, flounder and bass in regular supply. You could possibly enjoy a boat trip to Seal Island, a sandbank lying in The Wash where you may discover seals basking at low tide. In fact The Wash possesses the greatest population of common seals on the planet.

Hunstanton's Historical Past: Hunstanton is a 19th-century vacation resort town, at first referred to as New Hunstanton to differentiate it from the adjoining traditional village from where ti got its name. The new town has for a long period overtaken the original village in both the number of residents and size.

The first settlement of Hunstanton is these days identified as Old Hunstanton, most likely acquiring its name from the River Hun that runs into The Wash east of Old Hunstanton village. The community of Old Hunstanton is assumed to have prehistoric origins, with signs of a Neolithic settlement being found in close proximity in The early 70's. The long ruined St. Edmund's Chapel, was first constructed in the late 13th century and is currently a Grade II listed building, and is stationed at the end of the Roman Peddar's Way.

In eighteen forty six, the leading member of the affluent Le Strange family, Henry Styleman Le Strange (1815-1862), chose to construct the area to the south of Old Hunstanton into a resort for sea bathing. Le Strange convinced a group of interested financiers to invest in the making of a train route from King's Lynn to the town. He guessed that a railway line would lure in holidaymakers and visitors to the resort. It became very successful (the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway grew to be one of the most lucrative railway businesses in England). Le Strange became a director of the rail company but in eighteen sixty two he died at the age of only 47, and it was his son who reaped the rewards of his foresight.

An indication of Le Strange's intentions took place in eighteen forty six, when he transferred the medieval village cross from the old village to the projected location of the new resort and in eighteen forty eight the first building (The Royal Hotel) was put up. Standing on it's own for several years, overlooking the sea and a sloping green, it was labeled "Le Strange's Folly" by local residents. The Le Strange family naturally had the last laugh because the new coastal resort was eventually constructed and became successful.

A selection of Hunstanton streets and roads: Boston Square, Manor Court, Hall Lane, Cliff Farm Barns, Chalk Pit Road, Harrys Way, Hanover Gardens, Melton Drive, West End Cottages, Chapel Lane, Ashdale Park, Valentine Road, Bennett Close, James Street, Bishops Road, Westgate, Ringstead Road, Westgate Street, Burnham Road, Peddars Way South, Glebe Avenue, Manor Road, Erpingham Court, Lighthouse Lane, Lincoln Square, Main Road, Lower Lincoln Street, High Street, Andrews Place, Pine Close, Evans Gardens, Charles Road, Green Lane, Chapel Bank, Dianas Drove, Docking Road, Chiltern Crescent, St Edmunds Terrace, St Edmunds Avenue, Queens Gardens, Avenue Road, Seagate, Elizabeth Close, Chatsworth Road, Willow Road, Homefields Road, Princess Drive, Church Lane, Peddars Close, Shepherds Pightle, Silfield Gardens.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Hunstanton: Stubborn Sands, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Magdalen College Museum, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Green Quay, Fuzzy Eds, St James Swimming Centre, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Sandringham House, Parrot Sanctuary, Searles Sea Tours, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Kartworld Skegness, Holkham Hall, Lynn Museum, Kids World, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Paint Me Ceramics, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Roydon Common, Titchwell Marsh, Bircham Windmill, Ringstead Downs, Playtowers.

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Provided that you was pleased with this tourist information and guide to Hunstanton, East Anglia, you very well may find some of our different town and village websites worth exploring, perhaps our guide to Cromer (Norfolk), or maybe even our guide to Kings Lynn (East Anglia). To inspect these sites, you should just click the appropriate resort or town name. With luck we will see you again in the near future. Different places to check out in Norfolk include Wymondham, Swaffham and Heacham (East Anglia).