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

Hunstanton Post Code: PE36

Dialling Code for Hunstanton: 01485

Population of Hunstanton: 4,961 (Census 2011)

Hunstanton Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF6740

This peaceful little Victorian coastal resort boasts 2 unique attributes: it's the one and only sea side town in the whole of East Anglia that faces westwards, and also it features almost a one mile stretch of strange multi-coloured cliffs, that stand close to 60 ft high. Below the cliffs the rock has fallen away in the form of huge boulders, and beyond there is a splendid sand beach, where at low tide sea-eroded rocks are in plain view, with a myriad of gleaming rock pools, great for exploring. In these modern times you will find signs of Hunstantons' Victorian roots, like the large green, the promenade and the esplanade gardens.

The new resort evolved at the end of the 1800s, subsequent to the arrival of the train in 1862, separate from the existing settlement nowadays identified as Old Hunstanton. The landowners at this time were the prosperous Le Stranges , and it was that family who were mainly in charge of the development of the town. Atop the cliffs you will see the ancient ruins of St Edmund's Chapel, at the spot where the King of the Angles (Edmund), is said to have come ashore in 850 AD. A stones throw away you'll find a lighthouse, which is no longer in use as a lighthouse.

High Street, Hunstanton - - 1458719The eight hundred and thirty foot long Hunstanton Pier opened on Easter Day, in eighteen seventy. 1882 saw the start of the paddle steamer service across the Wash to the new Skegness Pier. In the eighteen nineties a pavilion was added, but was ruined by a fire in nineteen thirty nine and was not rebuilt. Just after World War 2, Hunstanton Pier housed a roller-skating centre and a little zoo. A miniature steam railway once operated along the length of the pier, though was taken apart in the 1950s.

The sea end of Hunstanton Pier in time fell into disuse but, at the land section, an amusement arcade (replacing a shabby old arcade and cafe) was opened for business in 1964. In January nineteen seventy eight, a storm shattered a lot of the pier and a small section at the end was taken off by the council some weeks later. The landward end arcade endured the storm, though, in 2002, the complete building, along with the remains of the pier, were destroyed by yet another disaster (fire this time). At present, a sparkling new bowling alley and arcade sits on the site, but although the structure is still noted locally as the 'Pier', there is almost nothing still left of what was previously the traditional pier. You will find two ramps from the promenade to the sand, one, that is for sailing craft, is north of the pier, the other one, for powerboats, is along the south extremity of the seafront promenade. There are sailing and powerboating clubs, and additionally certain water-skiing competitions are held here. The beach to the south is sheltered by groynes, these are completely under water at high tide and identified by baskets on tall poles. The sea fishing is also very good in the Wash, with dabs, bass, silver-eels and flounders in decent supply. When visiting you might think about a boat adventure to Seal Island, a sand strip sitting in out in The Wash where you will be able to find seals basking at low tide. In fact The Wash has the largest population of common seals on earth.

The Historical Past of Hunstanton: Hunstanton is a 19th-century coastal resort town, first of all called New Hunstanton to discern it from the adjacent older community after which it was named. This new town has for a very long time eclipsed the village in both the number of people and size.

The traditional settlement of Hunstanton is in recent times termed Old Hunstanton, in all probability acquiring its name from the River Hun which flows to the sea east of Old Hunstanton village. The community of Old Hunstanton is assumed to date from prehistoric periods, with evidence of a Neolithic camp uncovered close by in 1970. The long crumbling St. Edmund's Chapel, was originally constructed in 1272 and is today a Grade II listed structure, it is to be found at the end of the historical walkway Peddar's Way.

In the eighteen forties, the gentleman head of the well-off Le Strange family, Henry Styleman Le Strange (1815-1862), determined to expand the region to the south of Old Hunstanton as a resort for saltwater bathing. He managed to sway a number of like minded financiers to fund the building of a rail track from King's Lynn to the town. He was confident that the train would lure in tourists and visitors to the area. It became very successful (the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway grew into one of the more successful railway businesses in the country). Le Strange became a director of the company but in 1862 he passed away aged only 47, and it was his son who gained the results of his efforts.

An indication of Le Strange's intentions came about in 1846, when he moved the ancient village cross from its old position to the planned area of the new resort and in 1848 the very first structure (The Royal Hotel) was built. Sitting all alone for a number of years, looking out over the wash and a green, it was known as "Le Strange's Folly" by residents. The Le Strange family evidently had the last laugh because the new resort town was finally developed and became successful.

A selection of Hunstanton streets and roads: Ringstead Road, Parkside, Westcliffe Court, Hamilton Road West, Sandy Lane, Burnham Road, West End Cottages, Chapel Bank, Charles Road, Old Town Way, Smugglers Close, Homefields Road, Kelsey Close, Hall Lane, Hunstanton Road, Eastgate Street, Tudor Crescent, Goodminns Estate, Southend Road, Crescent Lane, Holly Hill, Austin Street, Lincoln Street, Westgate Street, Harrys Way, Victoria Avenue, Castle Cottages, Golf Course Road, James Street, Cypress Place, Sarahs Road, Green Lane, Boston Square, Chapel Lane, Bishops Road, Wodehouse Road, Nursery Drive, Hanover Gardens, Nelson Drive, Alexandra Road, Shepherds Pightle, Hill Street, Peddars Way North, Peddars Drive, Homefields Lane, Ploughmans Piece, Frobisher Crescent, Clarence Road, Seagate Road, Top End Cottages, Annes Drive.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Hunstanton: Houghton Hall, Old Hunstanton Beach, Parrot Sanctuary, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Searles Sea Tours, Green Britain Centre, Gibraltar Point, East Winch Common, Skegness Beach, Playtowers, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Brancaster Bay, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Megafun Play Centre, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Castle Acre Priory, Lynn Museum, Friskney Decoy Wood, Holkham Hall, Stubborn Sands, Central Beach Skegness, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Creake Abbey, Playland Wells, Captain Kids Adventure World, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Skegness Pier, Fakenham Superbowl.

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