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

Hunstanton Postcode: PE36

Dialling Code for Hunstanton: 01485

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

Hunstanton Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF6740

This restful little Victorian coastal resort offers a couple of unique features: it is the only coastal resort in the whole of East Anglia that looks westwards, and also it features almost a one mile expanse of odd striped cliffs, which stand close to sixty feet in height. Below the cliffs enormous boulders lie where they have dropped, and past this there is a splendid sand beach, where water-eroded rocks are on view at low tide, with a number of shimmering rock pools, perfect for exploring. Nowadays there are signs the resorts' Victorian origins, such as the esplanade gardens, the promenade and the large green.

The new town grew up at the end of the nineteenth century, right after the coming of the train in 1862, separate from the initial community nowadays called Old Hunstanton. The landowners at this period were the Le Stranges , and it was this family who were mainly in control of the progress of the town. Above the cliffs are the remains of St Edmund's Chapel, at the spot where the King of the Angles (Edmund), is assumed to have disembarked in AD 850. Nearby is a lighthouse, which was built in 1966.

High Street, Hunstanton - - 1458719The 830 foot Hunstanton Pier was opened on Easter Sunday, in eighteen seventy. In 1882, the paddle steamer services was introduced to Skegness Pier over the Wash. In the 1890s a pavilion was added, but was ruined by fire in nineteen thirty nine and was not restored. Just after World War 2, Hunstanton Pier played host to a roller-skating centre and a tiny zoo. A mini steam train once ran the pier, but it was disassembled during the fifties.

The sea end soon fell into disuse nevertheless, towards the landward end, an amusement arcade (replacing an outdated arcade and cafe) was finished in nineteen sixty four. In January nineteen seventy eight, a storm damaged most of the pier and the local authority demolished a section at the end just a few weeks later. The shoreward end amusements survived the storm, although, in 2002, the whole thing, along with the remainder of the pier, were destroyed in a fire. Nowadays, a sparkling new bowling alley and arcade stands on the site, but although the building is still regarded by the community as the 'Pier', there's actually little or nothing left of what was formerly the historic landmark. There are 2 boat ramps from the promenade to the beach, one, which is for sailing yachts, is to the north of the pier, yet another, for powerboats, is at the southern end of the prom. There are powerboat and sailing clubs, and furthermore various water-skiing competitions take place there. The beach to the south is protected by groynes, under water at high tide and identifiable by baskets on tall poles. The sea fishing is also not bad off the coast, with flounders, dabs and bass in regular supply. You are able to enjoy a boat adventure to Seal Island, a sandy strip in the middle of The Wash where you may well view common seals basking at low tide. Actually The Wash has the biggest population of common seals on the planet.

The History of Hunstanton: Hunstanton is a nineteenth century vacation resort town, at first named New Hunstanton to distinguish it from the neighbouring older settlement from where ti got its name. The new town has for a long while overtaken Old Hunstanton in both the number of people and proportions.

The original village of Hunstanton is now identified as Old Hunstanton, more than likely drawing its name from the River Hun which flows into the sea east of Old Hunstanton village. The village of Old Hunstanton is deemed to date from prehistoric times, with evidence of a Neolithic settlement being discovered near by in 1970. The long crumbling St. Edmund's Chapel, was first constructed in the thirteenth century and is currently a Grade II listed building, it is found at the end of the Roman Peddar's Way.

In the 1840s, the leading member of the rich Le Strange dynasty, Henry Styleman Le Strange (1815-1862), came up with the plan to build up the region to the south of Old Hunstanton as a sea bathing resort. Henry tempted a number of like minded financiers to finance the making of a rail track from King's Lynn to the town. He suspected that a railway line would bring visitors and holidaymakers to the area. It became very successful (the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway promptly became among the most successful railway businesses in the country). Le Strange became a director of the company regretably in 1862 he died aged only forty seven, and it was his son who enjoyed the results of his efforts.

An indicator of Le Strange's intentions took place in 1846, when he transported the traditional village cross from the old village to the planned location of the new town and in eighteen forty eight a building (The Royal Hotel) was erected. Sitting on it's own for a number of years, with views over the wash and a sloping green, it was called "Le Strange's Folly" by some. The Le Strange family obviously had the last laugh given that the new coastal resort was eventually constructed and became a huge success.

A selection of Hunstanton streets and roads: Seagate Road, Waveney Close, Melton Drive, Waterworks Road, Wodehouse Road, Lincoln Street, Hanover Gardens, Jarvie Close, Green Lane, Le Strange Terrace, Broadwater Road, Romarnie Cottages, Cliff Court, Castle Cottages, The Big Yard, Buckingham Court, Malthouse Court, Glebe Avenue, Windsor Rise, Beach Terrace Road, Northgate Precinct, Mill View, Elizabeth Close, Peddars Way South, Old Hunstanton Road, Holly Hill, Evans Gardens, Cliff Farm Barns, Peddars Way North, Aslack Way, Bishops Road, Beacon Hill, Manor Road, Margarets Close, Nene Road, Church Cottages, Chatsworth Road, Southend Road, Westgate Street, Main Road, Ploughmans Piece, Bennett Close, Alexandra Road, Annes Drive, Church Road, Smugglers Close, Goodminns Estate, Church Close, Jubilee Close, The Square, Crescent Lane.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Hunstanton: Castle Rising Castle, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Snettisham Beach, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Paint Pots, Brancaster Bay, Bircham Windmill, Holkham Beach, Kids World, Searles Sea Tours, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Lynn Museum, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Kartworld Skegness, Captain Kids Adventure World, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Stubborn Sands, Green Britain Centre, Strikes, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Laser Quest Skegness, Norfolk Lavender, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Grimston Warren, Fuzzy Eds, Thursford Collection, Parrot Sanctuary, Titchwell Marsh, Boston Bowl, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Friskney Decoy Wood.

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