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December 19, 2017


Filed under: England,Holidays,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 12:32 pm

Norfolk – A popular holiday destination located in East Anglia in the United Kingdom, Norfolk is perhaps most famous for its Norfolk Broads. The county of Norfolk has an area of 2,074 square miles, a population of around 900,000 and has seven districts: Breckland, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Broadland, North Norfolk, South Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and Norwich. Norfolk is low-lying and flat and has been settled since Pre-Roman times. Norfolk has some popular seaside resorts among the best known being Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Hunstanton and Sheringham, but is best known for its Broads National Park which is a popular destination for boating holidays, fishing and the observation of wildlife. The Broads National Park covers an area of around 117 square miles with about 120 miles of waterways suitable for navigation, there are sixty three broads and 7 rivers, mostly within the county of Norfolk but some within Suffolk. Norfolk has just one city and that is Norwich which today has a population of over 200,000 people and during the time of the Normans was one of England’s largest settlements. The second largest settlement is King’s Lynn with over 42,000 residents.

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February 27, 2015

Kings Lynn Norfolk Review

Filed under: England,Facts,History,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 10:31 am

King’s Lynn Norfolk Review – The Georgian age endures in most of King’s Lynn in East Anglia, in a range of smart facades everywhere in the old heart of the town. And yet King’s Lynn, or ‘Lynn’ as it is most often called by natives, is far more olden than the eighteenth century. Lying on the east bank of the River Great Ouse, it was already a harbour by the time of the 1086 Domesday Book, at which time it was known as Luna or Lena It was granted a charter in 1204 by King John, and by thirteen forty seven it was prosperous enough to supply nineteen ships for the English fleet, at a time that London supplied twenty four.

In the Dark Ages the town was referred to as Bishop’s Lynn in fifteen thirty seven the title was altered to King’s Lynn by order of King Henry VIII. The church of St Margaret’s was originally constructed in around 1100, and it is an assortment of architectural styles, it has a ‘Gothic’ nave put up in the mid-18th century, as a storm sent the spire crashing down across the earlier nave. The Town Hall, near the church, was at first the Holy Trinity Guildhall, erected in the early 15th century.

King’s Lynn’s treasure is presented in the Regalia RoomsRooms in the medieval undercroft. The St George’s Guildhall, in King Street, was constructed in the early 14th century and is proclaimed to be the greatest medieval guildhall in the country to have survived undamaged. It is owned by the National Trust and serves as the HQ of Lynn’s annual summer time fair. The theatre in the upper area of the Guildhall carries on an ancient theatrical tradition, and it’s claimed that Shakespeare himself had performances there. Both the Guildhall and Town Hall are built of flint in an outstanding black and white chequer pattern.

Map of Norfolk East Anglia

March 6, 2012

Wells-Next-the-Sea Norfolk

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 5:01 pm

Wells-Next-the-Sea Norfolk – A seaside town, port and resort on the north coast of Norfolk in East Anglia, United Kingdom, Wells-Next-the-Sea, or simply Wells as the locals call it, has a population of about two and a half thousand inhabitants, and is located to the east of Hunstanton (some fifteen miles distant) and to the north of Fakenham. Wells no doubt gets its name from the large number of springs to be found around the town. Wells-Next-the-Sea is well known for its lifeboat, though disaster struck in 1880 when 11 of the crew were lost in a great storm.

Wells-Next-the-Sea Norfolk Map.

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Hunstanton Norfolk

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 4:45 pm

Hunstanton Norfolk – A popular seaside resort located in the county of Norfolk, Hunstanton is unique in that it faces west though it is on the east coast of the United Kingdom. Known locally as “Sunny Hunny”, Hunstanton faces The Wash, and though it does not get as crowded as it did in its heyday, it still attracts plenty of summer time visitors drawing people from the city of Norwich and the surrounding areas. Hunstanton has always been a popular day-trip resort and continues to be so. Hunstanton is to the north-east of King’s Lynn and to the west of Sheringham.

Hunstanton Norfolk Map.

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March 5, 2012

Norwich Cathedral Norfolk

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , — needahand @ 5:41 pm

Norwich Cathedral Norfolk: Norwich Cathedral is a cathedral of England located in the county of Norfolk. It was begun in 1096 , the clerestory of the choir was rebuilt in the Early English Gothic style of the sixteenth  century and the Perpendicular style arches were added in the fifteenth  century and beginning of the sixteenth  century. Built with stone from Caen , the mighty Romanesque tower and spire of the fifteenth century as are the low nave and flying buttresses of the apse. The vault tiercerons walers and gives lightness to the whole Romanesque nave. The door with its carved representations of Christ with a bishop, a monk and angels, is one of the most beautiful doorways of the early Decorated style. The cloister, whose elevation is unique on two levels, was rebuilt between 1297 and 1430 and have great vaults with, four hundred keystones depicting the Good, Evil, lives of Christ, Mary and the Saints. The cathedral in Norwich is located at 62 The Close, City Centre, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4EH.

Norwich Norfolk Map.

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October 26, 2010

Blakeney National Nature Reserve

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 12:02 pm

Located on the north coast of Norfolk in England, the Blakeney National Nature Reserve, takes in the areas of Blakeney Point, Morston Marshes, Blakeney Marshes, Morston Quay, Stiffkey Marshes and Blakeney Freshes. It is a renowned area for birdlife, with many species of waders, seabirds and wildfowl taking refuge there. The sandbanks are also a favourite spot for numerous Grey and Common seals, which can be spotted basking there. The Blakeney National Nature Reserve is close to the villages of Blakeney, Wiveton, Cley-Next-the-Sea and Morston, it is open all year round and has some facilities for visitors.

Weybourne Norfolk

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , — needahand @ 11:48 am

A small fishing village located on the north coast of Norfolk, United Kingdom, Weybourne has a population of just over 500, and is a pretty village surrounded by heaths woodland and agricultural land. Recorded in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book, Weybourne was later the site of an Augustinian abbey, which stood until the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century.

Felbrigg Hall Norfolk

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 11:37 am

Situated about 3 miles inland from Cromer you will find the National Trust run Felbrigg Hall, a 17th century Jacobean House with some attractive gardens and a park. Former home of the Windham family, it passed to the Ketton-Cremer family in the early 20th century and finally to the National Trust. Inside the house look for the Gothic style library and the Georgian Drawing Room, outside you will find beautiful gardens, woodland and a lake. Felbrigg Hall house is open to the public from April to November, the gardens late February to early January, and the estate walks are open all year round.

Cromer Norfolk

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 10:25 am

Perhaps most famous for the quality of its edible crabs, caught by local fishermen for many centuries, Cromer, located on the north coast of Norfolk is also renowned for the bravery of its lifeboatmen, and one in particular, Henry Blogg, to whom a museum is dedicated. One of Norfolk’s most charming seaside resorts, Cromer attracts a good number of holidaymakers during the summer time, and has a good beach, a pier and plenty to do, even when the weather is not so good (which it often isn’t!). Worth a look in Cromer, is the parish church (St Peter and St Paul), the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer Lighthouse and Cromer Pier, close by you will find several attractive villages such as Overstrand and East Runton, just a short drive away is the village of Felbrigg, where the National Trust run Felbrigg Hall can be visited, here you can enjoy the stunning house, walk around the beautiful gardens, or stroll around the park and estate, with woodlands and lake.

Cromer Street Map

July 9, 2010

Cromer Sheringham and North Walsham

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 5:30 pm

A Norfolk seaside town which is especially renowned for its crab fishing industry, Cromer has a population of 7,749 and a history stretching back many centuries. Though not named as such in the Domesday Book (1086), Cromer was most likely the settlement which was named as Shipden Juxta Felbrigg, another Shipden named in the Domesday Book now lies under the sea about a quarter of a mile from the present Cromer Pier.  The lifeboat station in Cromer was first installed in 1804 and a new one at the end of the pier was built in the 1920’s. These days Cromer is a lively holiday resort with a busy pier and a nice sandy beach, when the weather is good it has the appearance of a typical British seaside resort, though the North Sea coastal resorts can experience some inclement weather, as those who have visited will know. Area of interest around Cromer include the market town of North Walsham, which was a bustling settlement even back in Anglo Saxon times and Sheringham, another of Norfolk’s north coast seaside resorts.

Amber Lodge Acle Norfolk Broads

Filed under: England,hotels,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 12:45 pm

If you are visiting the town of Acle in the Norfolk Broads this year you might want to consider staying at the Amber Lodge Hotel which is housed in a former rectory, in four acres of beautiful countryside on the western edge of the town. Offering wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and close to the city of Norwich, as well as the stunning Norfolk Broads National Park, the Amber Lodge offers the best of both worlds, peace and tranquility, and easy access to city centre, coast and waterways of the Norfolk Broads. Perfect as a base for a walking holiday or boating holiday, especially when the weather is fine, the Amber Lodge has ten bedrooms, all featuring en-suites, it has a fine restaurant for up to 100 diners, a bar and is licensed to hold wedding ceremonies (a wonderful location for this type of event). Situated just 10 miles east of Norwich, handy for the east coast of Norfolk, and within walking distance of the centre of Acle, the Amber Lodge could be just what you are looking for. Rooms are offered from £55 per night. Acle is in the heart of Norfolk and can be reached from the A47. Norfolk Map.

October 13, 2009

Great Yarmouth Norfolk

Filed under: England,Holidays,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 5:39 pm

For over two centuries one of the United Kingdom’s most popular seaside resorts, Great Yarmouth is situated on the coast of Norfolk in East Anglia about 20 miles from Norwich. Located at the mouth of the River Yare, present day Great Yarmouth lies near the site of a Roman fort, constructed during their invasion of Britain. For hundreds of years a significant fishing town, renowned for its catches of herring, Great Yarmouth developed as a holiday destination during the mid-18th century. Great Yarmouth seafront, known as “The Golden Mile” has 2 piers, the Wellington Pier and the Brittania Pier, both major attractions for the town, the seafront is lined with amusement arcades, restaurants and gift shops and it runs along the resorts fine sandy beaches. Attractions in and around Great Yarmouth include the Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Joyland, the Sealife Centre, Karting 2000 and the Marina Leisure and Fitness Centre. Great Yarmouth Map.

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