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Hunstanton Location: Norfolk, East Anglia, England, United Kingdom.

Hunstanton Post Code: PE36

Hunstanton Dialling Code: 01485

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

Hunstanton Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF6740

This tranquil little Victorian seaside resort offers a couple of unique attributes: it is the one and only sea side resort in East Anglia which looks to the west, and also it features a three-quarter mile length of strange striped cliffs, that stand roughly 60 feet tall. Below the cliffs large boulders lie where they have tumbled, and beyond the cliffs there is a superb sandy beach, where at low tide sea-eroded rocks are in plain view, with plenty of shimmering rock pools, awesome for exploring. Nowadays you can find signs the towns' Victorian beginnings, for example the promenade, the esplanade gardens and the large green.

New Hunstanton evolved towards the end of the 19th century, following the coming of the railway in eighteen sixty two, to the south of the existing community today referred to as Old Hunstanton. The landowners at that time were the Le Stranges , and it was that family who were mostly responsible for the town's advancement. Above the cliffs you can see the historic ruins of St Edmund's Chapel, at the location where the King of the Angles, is assumed to have landed in 850 AD. Nearby you will see 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 opened on Easter Sunday, 1870. In 1882, the paddle steamer services commenced over the Wash to the new Skegness Pier. The pavilion was added in the eighteen nineties, but was later damaged by a fire in nineteen thirty nine and was never to be restored. After WW2, the pier was home to a roller-skating rink and a modest zoo. A miniature steam train at one time operated along the length of the pier, however the line was taken off during the 1950s.

The sea end of Hunstanton Pier soon fell into disuse though, towards the shore part, a 2 storey amusement building (replacing an older arcade and cafe) was put up in 1964. At beginning of 1978, a storm wrecked a lot of the pier and the local authority took off a section at the end some weeks later. The shore end amusements endured the storm, although, in 2002, the whole thing, along with the remnants of the pier, were destroyed in a fire. At present, a sparkling new bowling alley complex and arcade stands on the site, and whilst the structure is still recognised by locals as the 'Pier', there is actually nothing remaining of what was the historic landmark. Boating devotees can use two boat ramps from the promenade to the sand, one, that is for sailing craft, is north of the pier, the other, for speedboats, is along the south section of the prom. There are powerboat and yachting clubs, and in addition certain waterskiing competitions take place here. To the south of the pier the beach is protected by groynes, submerged at high tide and are identified by tall poles with baskets on top. The sea fishing is also decent in the Wash, with dabs, bass, silver-eels and flounders in plentiful supply. When visiting you might like to take a boat voyage out to Seal Island, a sandbank found in the middle of The Wash where you can potentially find seals basking at low tide. In actual fact The Wash has got the greatest population of common seals on the globe.

History of Hunstanton: Hunstanton is a nineteenth century coastal resort town, first of all referred to as New Hunstanton to differentiate it from the neighboring existing settlement from where ti got its name. The new town has for a long time outstripped the village in both the number of people and proportions.

The original settlement of Hunstanton is currently termed Old Hunstanton, almost certainly named after the River Hun that flows into The Wash to the east of Old Hunstanton village. The settlement of Old Hunstanton is thought to have prehistoric origins, with signs of a Neolithic camp being discovered close by in The early 70's. The long ruined St. Edmund's Chapel, was originally built in the thirteenth century and is these days a Grade II listed building, and is situated at the end of the age-old Peddar's Way.

In eighteen forty six, the leading member of the prosperous Le Strange family, Henry Styleman Le Strange (1815-1862), decided to cultivate the region to the south of Old Hunstanton into a seaside resort. Henry persuaded some like minded people to invest in the construction of a railway line from King's Lynn to the town. He suspected that the train would lure in visitors and tourists to the resort. It became very successful (the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway developed into one of the more successful railway companies in England). Le Strange became one of the directors of the rail company but in eighteen sixty two he passed away at the age of merely forty seven, and it was his son who gained the results of his efforts.

An indication of Le Strange's potential intentions came in eighteen forty six, when he shifted the ancient village cross from the old village to the projected spot of the new town and in 1848 a building (The Royal Hotel) was built. Standing on its own for a few years, with views over the wash and the green, it was labelled "Le Strange's Folly" by local residents. The Le Strange family obviously had the last laugh since the new resort was ultimately constructed and became a huge success.

A selection of Hunstanton streets and roads: York Avenue, Smugglers Close, Holme Road, Astley Crescent, Docking Road, Westgate, High Street, Clarence Court, Choseley Road, Park Road, Northgate Precinct, Prince William Close, Queens Gardens, Burnham Road, Ploughmans Piece, Staithe Lane, Chapel Bank, Le Strange Court, Hall Lane, Downs Road, Kirkgate Street, Evans Gardens, Lincoln Square, Philips Chase, Alexandra Road, Kings Lynn Road, Valentine Road, Waterworks Road, Seagate Road, Greevegate, Hamilton Road West, Bernard Crescent, Peddars Close, Glebe Avenue, Bishops Road, Chiltern Crescent, Church Cottages, Princess Drive, Annes Drive, Erpingham Court, Eastgate Street, Peddars Way South, Chapel Lane, Church Street, Fring Road, Westcliffe Court, Manor Road, Austin Street, Heacham Road, Old Hunstanton Road, Nursery Drive.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Hunstanton: High Tower Shooting School, Skegness Beach, Parrot Sanctuary, Brancaster Bay, Paint Me Ceramics, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Sandringham House, Castle Acre Priory, Magdalen College Museum, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Gibraltar Point, Houghton Hall, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Holkham Hall, East Winch Common, Kids World, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Castle Rising Castle, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Syderstone Common, Snettisham Beach, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Stubborn Sands, Fakenham Superbowl, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Extreeme Adventure, Parrot Zoo, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure.

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This data will be relevant for nearby districts which include : Heacham, Southgate, Brancaster, Docking, Flitcham, North Creake, Wells-Next-the-Sea, Appleton, Snettisham, South Creake, Brancaster Staithe, Old Hunstanton, Shernborne, Burnham Norton, Burnham Market, Dersingham, Thornham, Ringstead, Syderstone, Ingoldisthorpe, West Newton, Sandringham, Sedgeford, Burnham Deepdale, Holkham, Great Bircham, Kings Lynn, Hillington, North Wootton. LOCAL MAP - WEATHER FORECAST

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