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

Postcode for Hunstanton: PE36

Hunstanton Dialling Code: 01485

Hunstanton Population: 4,961 (2011 Census)

Hunstanton Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF6740

This delightful Victorian resort has a couple of particular characteristics: it's the one and only coastal town in the whole of East Anglia that faces westwards, and additionally it features approximately a one mile length of peculiar stripy cliffs, that stand close to 60 ft high. Below the cliffs massive boulders lie where they have fallen, and beyond the cliffs is a tremendous sandy beach, where at low tide wave-eroded rocks are exposed, with an array of glistening rock pools, excellent for exploring. In these modern times you will find signs of Hunstantons' Victorian beginnings, for example the promenade, the large seafront green and the attractive esplanade gardens.

The new town was developed towards the end of the 1800s, with the coming of the railway in 1862, south of the existing village nowadays identified as Old Hunstanton. The local landowners at this period were the Le Stranges , and it was this family who were mainly responsible for the progress of the town. Atop of the cliffs you will find the ancient remains of St Edmund's Chapel, at the point where Edmund, King of the East Angles, is claimed to have disembarked in 850AD. Close by you'll find a white-painted lighthouse, which is no longer in use as a lighthouse.

High Street, Hunstanton - geograph.org.uk - 1458719The eight hundred and thirty foot long Hunstanton Pier was opened at Easter, 1870. In eighteen eighty two, the paddle steamer services began over the Wash to the new Skegness Pier. The pavilion was added to the pier in the 1890s, but this was destroyed by fire in nineteen thirty nine and wasn't restored. After World War II, Hunstanton Pier was home to a small zoo and a roller skating centre. A mini steam railway once rattled along the pier, however it was disassembled during the fifties.

The seaward end of the pier soon fell into disuse nevertheless, at the landward end, a two-storey amusement arcade (replacing a shabby old cafe and arcade) was opened in nineteen sixty four. In early nineteen seventy eight, a storm wiped out almost all of the pier and the town council demolished a section at the end several weeks later. The landward end amusement arcade endured the storm, though, in 2002, the complete thing, as well as the remnants of the pier, were destroyed by a fire. Presently, a brand new arcade and bowling alley stands on the site, but though the building is still described by locals as the 'Pier', there's mostly little still left of what was previously the historic pier. You will discover two ramps from the promenade onto the sand, one, that is for sailing boats, is to the north of the pier, the other one, for speedboats, is along the south extremity of the promenade. There are powerboating and sailing clubs, and furthermore various waterskiing tournaments take place here. The south beach is protected by groynes, under water at high tide and denoted by high poles with baskets on top. The sea fishing is also very good in Hunstanton, with flounders, silver-eels, bass and dabs in good supply. You could possibly take a boat voyage to Seal Island, a sand strip in the middle of The Wash where you can potentially see seals basking at low tide. The truth is The Wash possesses the largest population of common seals on the globe.

Hunstanton's Historic Past: Hunstanton is a Victorian vacation resort town, to start with referred to as New Hunstanton to discern it from the neighbouring old settlement from which it took its name. The new town has for some time exceeded the village in both populace and proportions.

The age old village of Hunstanton is currently named Old Hunstanton, most certainly deriving its name from the River Hun which flows to the coast east of Old Hunstanton village. The community of Old Hunstanton is understood to be of prehistoric origin, with signs of a Neolithic community being observed nearby in the early nineteen seventies. The now ruined St. Edmund's Chapel, was constructed in 1272 and is nowadays a Grade II listed building, and is found at the end of the historical walkway Peddar's Way.

In the eighteen forties, the gentleman head of the affluent Le Strange dynasty, Henry Styleman Le Strange (1815-1862), made a decision to establish the area to the south of Old Hunstanton into a holiday resort. Henry convinced a group of like minded investors to invest in the building of a train track from the town to King's Lynn. He knew that the railway would bring holidaymakers and visitors to Hunstanton. It became a great success (the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway came to be among the most successful railway organizations in England). Le Strange became a director of the company unfortunately in 1862 he died at the age of merely 47, and it was his son who benefitted the rewards of his foresight.

A hint to Le Stranges forthcoming intentions came in eighteen forty six, when he transferred the traditional village cross from the old village to the suggested location of the new town and in 1848 the initial structure (The Royal Hotel) was constructed. Sitting by itself for several years, looking over the sea and the sloping green, it was labelled "Le Strange's Folly" by locals. The Le Strange family naturally had the last laugh because the new resort town was eventually built and became a huge success.

A selection of Hunstanton streets and roads: Hunstanton Road, Kings Lynn Road, Austin Street, Docking Road, Cliff Court, Kings Road, Crescent Road, Waterworks Road, Church Cottages, Seagate, Nelson Drive, Church Lane, Hillside, Westgate Street, Eastgate Street, Silfield Gardens, Foundry Lane, Astley Crescent, Erpingham Court, Holme Road, Hamilton Road West, Howards Close, Bennett Close, Northgate, Cliff Farm Barns, Littleport Yard, Queens Gardens, Hanover Gardens, New England, Lower Lincoln Street, Old Hunstanton Road, Downs Road, Margarets Close, Mill View, Manor Road, Malthouse Court, Elizabeth Close, Jacobs Folly, Pine Close, Peddars Way, Holly Hill, Willow Road, Dianas Drove, Avenue Road, Burnham Road, High Street, Cliff Terrace, York Avenue, Buckingham Court, Homefields Road, Nene Road.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Hunstanton: Houghton Hall, Searles Sea Tours, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Kartworld Skegness, Holme Dunes, Church Farm Museum, Stubborn Sands, Central Beach Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Bircham Windmill, High Tower Shooting School, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Big Kidz Karting, Wells Beach Leisure, Playtowers, Skegness Pier, Snettisham Beach, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Green Britain Centre, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Paint Pots, Titchwell Marsh, East Winch Common, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, St Georges Guildhall, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Fantasy Island.

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