Back in its past Overstrand was once a fishing village and this tradition still continues but on a much smaller scale. The village was popularised by Clement Scott, a Daily Telegraph and Morning Post writer, who coined the term Poppyland, because of the many wild red poppies which grew in the grass and wheat fields along the hedgerows and on the cliffs. His romantic tales about the area drew the rich and famous and the village became known as the Village of Millionaires.
Nowadays the village has slipped back into anonymity
and takes the form of a quiet holiday resort with good sandy beaches,
though please note there is a steep causeway down to the beach, which
may not suit all legs!
For a busier seaside resort visit Cromer
some two miles down the road, where you will find a cinema,
museum, squash and tennis courts, pitch and putt and of course the
famous end of pier show at Cromer Pier, as well as a larger range of
shops for retail therapy.
Overstrand was known as the Village
of Millionaires and was the favourite watering hole of the rich and
famous many of whom built huge elaborate second homes here. No less than
six millionaires had houses in the village. The Pleasaunce was
commissioned by Lord and Lady Battersea (she was a Rothschild), the
house was designed by Edwin Lutyens and the grounds designed by Gertrude