No pubs or inns, no hotels or shops here. The village
of Burnham Norton sits in splendid isolation tucked away down a lane off
the main coastal road. This hamlet of a handful of properties enjoys
stunning views across the marshy foreshore where cattle graze on the
salt marshes of Norton Marsh.
Slightly inland opposite a school are the ruins of a Carmelite Friary
founded in 1242. During the 14th and 15th century this was a thriving
community of about 15 friars. However, like many other friaries it fell
victim to Henry VIII's reformation when many religious buildings
Some distance from the village is Burnham Nortons church, where in the
eighteenth century Horatio Nelsons father was rector, he was also rector
to three other churches; Burnham Ulph, Burnham Sutton, and Burnham
Thorpe. It is believed that the pulpit in the church was presented to
the local community by a man who was caught stealing oysters from the
marshes as a penance. Richard Woodget Captain of the famous Cutty Sark
is buried here.
Nearby Burnham Market offers stylish shops and
galleries together with an wide choice of good pubs and eateries.
Birdwatchers visit Norfolk in Autumn, Winter and Spring for memorable
sightings of waterfowl and smaller birds on the saltmarshes and
mudflats. There are reserves at Holme next the Sea and the RSPB reserve
For golf there is The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club at
Brancaster. With sailing available including tuition at Brancaster
Staithe or Wells next the Sea.