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Location of Hunstanton: Norfolk, Eastern England, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode for Hunstanton: PE36

Dialling Code for Hunstanton: 01485

Population of Hunstanton: 4,961 (Census of 2011)

Hunstanton Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF6740

This quiet little Victorian coastal resort boasts 2 unique features: it is the only sea side resort in the entire East Anglia region that looks to the west, and it boasts roughly a one mile length of bizarre striped cliffs, which stand about 60 ft high. Below the cliffs sizeable boulders lie where they have tumbled, and after this there is a fantastic sandy beach, where at low tide wave-eroded rocks are in plain view, with plenty of gleaming rock pools, great for youngsters to explore. Today there are still reminders of its Victorian origins, including the esplanade gardens, the promenade and the large green.

New Hunstanton evolved towards the end of the 19th century, with the arrival of the railway in 1862, south of the existing community now identified as Old Hunstanton. The landowners at that time were the wealthy Le Strange family (Henry Styleman Le Strange) , and it was that family who were largely critical to the expansion of the town. Above the distinctive cliffs are the remains of St Edmund's Chapel, at the location where the King of the Angles, is supposed to have come ashore in 850 AD. Nearby is a white-painted lighthouse, which was built in 1966, but no longer used as a lighthouse.

High Street, Hunstanton - geograph.org.uk - 1458719The 830 foot long Hunstanton Pier was opened on Easter Sunday, in eighteen seventy. 1882 saw the commencement of the paddle steamer service to Skegness Pier across the Wash. The pavilion was added in the eighteen nineties, but this was ruined by a fire in 1939 and was never restored. Just after World War II, Hunstanton Pier had a roller-skating rink and a little zoo. A miniature steam railway at one time ran the pier, however it was removed in the nineteen fifties.

The sea end soon fell into disuse and yet, towards the land part, an amusement building (replacing a run down cafe and arcade) was finished in 1964. At beginning of 1978, a bad storm wiped out almost all of the pier and the local authority took off a small section at the end just a few weeks later. The land end arcade endured, nevertheless, in 2002, the complete thing, along with the remnants of the pier, were destroyed by fire. Presently, a fresh new bowling alley complex and arcade occupies the site, but whilst the building is still recognised by locals as the 'Pier', there's just about little or nothing remaining of what was formerly the old pier. You will find two concrete boat ramps from the promenade to the sand, one, that is for sailing vessels, is just north of the pier, and the second, for powerboats, is towards the southerly section of the seafront promenade. There are powerboating and yachting clubs, and also certain water-skiing championships take place here. The beach to the south is protected by groynes, covered at high tide and denoted by tall poles with baskets on top. The fishing is also excellent in Hunstanton, with flounders, silver-eels, bass and dabs in considerable supply. When visiting you could possibly consider a boat experience to Seal Island, a sand strip in the middle of The Wash where you could possibly view seals basking at low tide. In fact The Wash has got the largest population of common seals on earth.

History of Hunstanton: Hunstanton is a 19th-century resort town, originally known as New Hunstanton to differentiate it from the neighbouring older village after which it was named. The new town has for a number of years eclipsed Old Hunstanton in both populace and size.

The original village of Hunstanton is now called Old Hunstanton, most certainly taking its name from the River Hun that runs into The Wash just to the east of Old Hunstanton village. The village of Old Hunstanton is considered to be of prehistoric origin, with evidence of a Neolithic community uncovered in close proximity in The early 70's. The now ruined St. Edmund's Chapel, was first erected in twelve seventy two and is currently a Grade II listed building, it is established at the end of the ancient Peddar's Way.

In the 1840s, the head of the rich Le Strange family, Henry Styleman Le Strange (1815-1862), made a decision to build up the region to the south of Old Hunstanton into a seaside resort. Le Strange tempted a group of interested people to fund the making of a train track from King's Lynn to the town. He was confident that a train line would bring holidaymakers and visitors to Hunstanton. It was a huge success (the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway came to be one of the more successful railway companies in England). Le Strange became a director of the railway company but in 1862 he passed on at the age of just forty seven, and it was his son who gained the results of his efforts.

A hint to Le Strange's intentions transpired in 1846, when he transported the historic village cross from the old village to the projected location of the new town and in eighteen forty eight a structure (The Royal Hotel) was put up. Sitting on it's own for a number of years, with views over the sea and the sloping green, it was called "Le Strange's Folly" by local residents. The Le Strange family naturally had the last laugh as the new resort town was ultimately built and became a huge success.

A selection of Hunstanton streets and roads: Foundry Lane, Beach Terrace Road, Fring Road, Heacham Road, Jubilee Close, Harrys Way, Castle Cottages, James Street, Cromer Road, Sarahs Road, Burnham Road, Peddars Way North, Lincoln Square, Chalk Pit Road, Windsor Rise, The Square, Southend Road, Nelson Drive, Chatsworth Road, Westcliffe Court, Alexandra Road, Peddars Drive, Philips Chase, Hillside, Cliff Parade, Bernard Crescent, Main Road, Beacon Hill, Avenue Road, Hanover Gardens, Silfield Gardens, Chapel Bank, Manor Court, Green Lane, Kirkgate Street, Holly Hill, Princess Drive, Hamon Close, Le Strange Court, Waterworks Road, Howards Close, Kings Road, Homefields Lane, Westgate Street, Aslack Way, Smugglers Close, Hastings Drive, West End Cottages, Peddars Close, Bennett Close, Pine Close.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Hunstanton: South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Paint Pots, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Skegness Pier, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Castle Rising Castle, Ringstead Downs, Sandringham House, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Holkham Hall, Scolt Head Island, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Snettisham Beach, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Gibraltar Point, Green Quay, Planet Zoom, Kartworld Skegness, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Captain Kids Adventure World, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Boston Bowl, Norfolk Lavender, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Friskney Decoy Wood, High Tower Shooting School, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Fantasy Island.

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