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

Post Code for Hunstanton: PE36

Hunstanton Dialling Code: 01485

Hunstanton Population: 4,961 (Census 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Hunstanton: TF6740

This tranquil Victorian coastal resort boasts a couple of peculiar features: it is the one and only sea side town in the entire East Anglia region that looks west, and additionally it boasts about a one mile stretch of bizarre striped cliffs, that stand approximately 60 ft high. Underneath the cliffs the rock has fallen away in the form of big boulders, and past this there is a marvelous sand beach, where water-eroded rocks are exposed at low tide, with a number of sparkling rock pools, ideal for children to explore. Nowadays you can find reminders of Hunstantons' Victorian roots, such as the promenade, the large seafront green and the attractive esplanade gardens.

The new resort grew up at the end of the nineteenth century, just after the coming of the railway in eighteen sixty two, to the south of the existing community today referred to as Old Hunstanton. The local landowners at the time were the Le Strange family (Henry Styleman Le Strange) , and it was the Le Strange family who were mainly in charge of the progression of the town. On top of the cliffs you can explore the remains of St Edmund's Chapel, at the area where Edmund, King of the East Angles, is claimed to have disembarked in 850AD. Near by you can see the lighthouse, which has now been turned into a house.

High Street, Hunstanton - geograph.org.uk - 1458719The 830 foot long Hunstanton Pier was opened at Easter, 1870. 1882 saw the launch of the paddle steamer service to Skegness Pier by way of the Wash. A pavilion was added to the pier in the eighteen nineties, but was eventually destroyed by fire in nineteen thirty nine and was not rebuilt. After WW2, Hunstanton Pier included a modest zoo and a roller skating centre. A miniature steam train once run the pier, but the line was taken off in the nineteen fifties.

The seaward end soon fell into disuse nonetheless, at the shore part, a 2 storey amusement arcade (replacing a shabby old arcade and cafe) was put up in nineteen sixty four. At beginning of 1978, a terrific storm shattered most of the pier and a section at the end was taken off by the local authority a few weeks later. The land end arcade survived, but, in 2002, the complete thing, and also the remnants of the pier, were destroyed by yet another fire. These days, a new arcade and bowling alley complex sits on the site, but even though the building is still known locally as the 'Pier', there's largely little still left of what was previously the historic landmark. Boating devotees can use two concrete boat ramps from the promenade on to the sand, one, that is for sailing vessels, is just north of the pier, the other one, for powerboats, is along the southern extremity of the prom. There are powerboat and sailing clubs, and sometimes different water-ski championships are held here. The beach to the south is defended by groynes, underwater at high tide and identifiable by high poles with baskets on top. The sea fishing is also alright in Hunstanton, with flounders, dabs and bass in regular supply. You might take a boat voyage to Seal Island, sandy strip located in the middle of The Wash where you may see common seals basking at low tide. The truth is The Wash boasts the greatest population of common seals on earth.

A History of Hunstanton Norfolk: Hunstanton is a Victorian seaside resort town, at the start named New Hunstanton to discern it from the neighbouring old village from which it took its name. The new town has for a long time eclipsed the original village in both the number of people and proportions.

The previous village of Hunstanton is now called Old Hunstanton, most certainly taking its name from the River Hun that flows into the sea east of Old Hunstanton village. The village of Old Hunstanton is assumed to be of prehistoric origin, with indications of a Neolithic settlement being stumbled on close by in 1970. The long derelict St. Edmund's Chapel, was constructed in the 13th century and is today a Grade II listed structure, and is to be found at the end of the Roman Peddar's Way.

In eighteen forty six, the head of the rich Le Strange dynasty, Henry Styleman Le Strange (1815-1862), came up with a notion to build up the region to the south of Old Hunstanton into a resort for sea bathing. He convinced several like-minded individuals to finance the building of a rail line from the town to King's Lynn. He assumed that a train line would lure in visitors and tourists to the area. It became a huge success (the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway grew to be one of the most lucrative railway firms in the country). Le Strange became a director of the railway company but in eighteen sixty two he passed on aged only forty seven, and it was his son who enjoyed the results of his vision.

An indicator of Le Strange's prospective intentions came about in the 1840s, when he transported the historic village cross from its old location to the proposed location of the new town and in 1848 a building (The Royal Hotel) was put up. Sitting in isolation for a number of years, overlooking the green and the sea, it was known as "Le Strange's Folly" by residents. The Le Strange family evidently had the last laugh given that the new resort was ultimately built and became a huge success.

A selection of Hunstanton streets and roads: Crescent Road, Peddars Way North, Kings Lynn Road, Hall Lane, Hastings Drive, Church Lane, Church Road, Cliff Parade, Jubilee Close, Top End Cottages, Chapel Lane, Nursery Drive, Windsor Rise, Crescent Lane, Mill View, Hill Street, Peddars Way South, Lighthouse Close, Thornham Road, Smugglers Lane, St Edmunds Avenue, Valentine Road, Seagate Road, The Big Yard, The Green, Ringstead Road, Northgate Precinct, Southend Road, Chiltern Crescent, Dianas Drove, Collingwood Road, Greevegate, Pine Close, Charles Road, High Street, Frobisher Crescent, Castle Cottages, Nene Road, Erpingham Court, Kings Road, Lyndhurst Court, Green Lane, Manor Court, Park Road, Ploughmans Piece, Eastgate Street, Avenue Road, Shepherds Pightle, Romarnie Cottages, Bishops Road, Waveney Road.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Hunstanton: Sandringham House, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Roydon Common, Titchwell Marsh, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Scolt Head Island, Friskney Decoy Wood, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Syderstone Common, Playland Wells, Creake Abbey, Fantasy Island, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Searles Sea Tours, Grimston Warren, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Fuzzy Eds, Castle Acre Priory, East Winch Common, Parrot Sanctuary, Strikes, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Wells Beach Leisure, Church Farm Museum, Parrot Zoo, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Gibraltar Point, Ringstead Downs, Bircham Windmill.

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In the event that you really enjoyed this tourist information and guide to the Norfolk holiday resort of Hunstanton, then you may well also find certain of our additional village and town guides helpful, for example the website on Cromer (Norfolk), or possibly our guide to Kings Lynn. To see these sites, just click on the specific resort or town name. With luck we will see you back soon. A few other towns and villages to check out in East Anglia include Swaffham, Wymondham and Heacham.