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

Hunstanton Postcode: PE36

Dialling Code for Hunstanton: 01485

Hunstanton Population: 4,961 (Census 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Hunstanton: TF6740

This quiet little Victorian seaside resort offers two distinctive features: it is the only seaside resort in the region of East Anglia that faces to the west, and additionally it boasts approximately a one mile expanse of peculiar multi-coloured cliffs, that stand around 18 metres high. Below the cliffs the rock has fallen away in the form of large boulders, and beyond this there is a splendid sand beach, where at low tide sea-eroded rocks are on view, with numerous gleaming rock pools, perfect for kids to explore. These days there are signs the resorts' Victorian beginnings, for example the esplanade gardens, the promenade and the large green.

The new town grew up at the end of the 19th century, following the coming of the railway in eighteen sixty two, south of the original village these days called Old Hunstanton. The local landowners at this period were the Le Strange family , and it was the Le Strange family who were chiefly to thank for the town's advancement. Above the distinctive cliffs you can find the remains of St Edmund's Chapel, at the location where Edmund, King of the East Angles, is believed to have disembarked in 850AD. A stones throw away you will see a white 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 Day, 1870. In 1882, the paddle steamer services commenced over the Wash to the new Skegness Pier. In the eighteen nineties a pavilion was added to the pier, but was subsequently ruined by fire in nineteen thirty nine and wasn't re-built. Just after the Second World War, Hunstanton Pier housed a roller-skating rink and a little zoo. A mini steam railway once trundled along the length of the pier, though was taken apart during the 50's.

The seaward end of Hunstanton Pier soon fell into disuse though, towards the shoreward section, an amusement building (replacing a run down cafe and arcade) was opened in nineteen sixty four. At beginning of nineteen seventy eight, a storm demolished almost all of the pier and a small section at the end was removed by the local authority several weeks later. The shore end arcade survived, nevertheless, in 2002, the entire building, as well as the old pier remnants, were destroyed by yet another fire. Presently, a fresh new bowling alley complex and arcade occupies the site, yet although the structure is still referred to locally as the 'Pier', there is more or less little or nothing still left of what was the traditional pier. One can find two concrete boat ramps from the promenade on to the beach, one, which is for sailing craft, is just north of the pier, yet another, for powerboats, is at the south part of the promenade. There are yachting and powerboating clubs, and moreover certain water-skiing competitions take place there. The beach to the south of the pier is defended by groynes, these are completely submerged at high tide and identifiable by baskets on high poles. The fishing is also decent in Hunstanton, with bass, silver-eels, flounders and dabs in considerable supply. You could contemplate a boat voyage out to Seal Island, a sandy bank in the middle of The Wash where you might view seals basking at low tide. In truth The Wash boasts the greatest population of common seals on earth.

The Story of Hunstanton: Hunstanton is a 19th-century holiday resort town, formerly called New Hunstanton to differentiate it from the neighbouring old settlement from which it took its name. This new town has for some time overtaken the village in both population and size.

The age old settlement of Hunstanton is now identified as Old Hunstanton, most probably getting its name from the River Hun which flows to the coast to the east of Old Hunstanton village. The village of Old Hunstanton is understood to be of prehistoric origin, with indications of a Neolithic community uncovered in close proximity in The early 70s. The long delapidated St. Edmund's Chapel, was built in the late thirteenth century and is these days a Grade II listed building, it is based at the end of the historic Peddar's Way.

In eighteen forty six, the head of the rich Le Strange dynasty, Henry Styleman Le Strange (1815-1862), made the decision to construct the region south of Old Hunstanton as a vacation resort. He tempted several like-minded individuals to invest in the construction of a train line from King's Lynn to the town. He suspected that a train line would bring holidaymakers and visitors to Hunstanton. It became very successful (the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway grew to become among the most prosperous railway organizations in England). Le Strange became one of the directors of the rail company sadly in 1862 he died at the age of just forty seven, and it was his son who gained the success of his foresight.

An indication of Le Strange's future intentions transpired in eighteen forty six, when he transported the historic village cross from the old village to the projected location of the new resort and in 1848 the first structure (The Royal Hotel) was erected. Sitting on its own for several years, with views over the sea and a green, it was labelled "Le Strange's Folly" by some. The Le Strange family unquestionably had the last laugh as the new vacation resort was finally built and became a great success.

A selection of Hunstanton streets and roads: Castle Cottages, Prince William Close, Alexandra Road, Lyndhurst Court, Glebe Avenue, Howards Close, High Street, Manor Court, Le Strange Court, Cliff Farm Barns, Thornham Road, Annes Drive, Lincoln Street, Westgate, Ringstead Road, Northgate, Pine Close, James Street, Nelson Drive, Margarets Close, Greevegate, Homefields Road, Cliff Parade, Lincoln Square, Sarahs Road, Bishops Road, Old Town Way, Green Lane, Holly Hill, Foundry Lane, Sandy Lane, Peddars Way South, Church Cottages, Church Road, Willow Road, Hall Lane, Clarence Road, Church Lane, Sea Lane, Hill Street, Peddars Close, St Edmunds Terrace, Queens Drive, Chatsworth Road, Golf Course Road, Lighthouse Lane, Erpingham Court, Boston Square, Top End Cottages, New England, The Green.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Hunstanton: Stubborn Sands, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Strikes, Holkham Beach, Megafun Play Centre, Searles Sea Tours, Green Quay, Fantasy Island, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Titchwell Marsh, Fuzzy Eds, Holkham Hall, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Central Beach Skegness, Houghton Hall, Skegness Pleasure Beach, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Lynn Museum, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Snettisham Park, Holme Dunes, St Georges Guildhall, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, High Tower Shooting School, Parrot Zoo, Old Hunstanton Beach, Bircham Windmill, Kartworld Skegness, Kids World, Tales of the Old Gaol House.

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If you find you enjoyed this guide and info to Hunstanton in Norfolk, you very well may find several of our other town and village websites worth a look, perhaps our guide to Cromer (Norfolk), or perhaps even our website about King's Lynn. To visit these websites, click on the relevant town name. Maybe we will see you back before too long. Other locations to visit in Norfolk include Swaffham, Wymondham and Heacham (East Anglia).