The Burn­hams

One of the most de­sir­able places to live in Nor­folk, the Burn­hams boast beau­ti­ful flint build­ings, a rich mar­itime her­itage, a stun­ning land­scape and so much more be­sides

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KNOWN AS Chelsea-on-Sea, due to its pop­u­lar­ity with wealthy sec­ond home own­ers, a Burn­hams post­code has be­come one of the most sought-af­ter in Nor­folk.

But this la­bel doesn’t nearly tell the full story of these pretty coastal vil­lages which make up the Burn­hams. Burn­ham Deep­dale, Nor­ton, Overy, Thorpe and of course Burn­ham Mar­ket, are very much liv­ing and work­ing com­mu­ni­ties with a rich his­tory.

There are vil­lage schools, busi­nesses, shops and many com­mu­nity groups and events held through­out the year, as well as ex­cel­lent pubs, cafes, food sup­pli­ers and op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy the great out­doors, es­pe­cially the thriv­ing sail­ing scene.

Of course, for those lucky enough to live in these beau­ti­ful vil­lages, they are just a stone’s throw from the sea, the at­mo­spheric, wildlife abun­dant marshes and the vast, beau­ti­ful open coun­try­side which rolls down to the coast.

Prop­er­ties range from im­pres­sive con­verted barns, old flint cot­tages with sea views and mod­ern fam­ily homes to de­vel­op­ments of new lux­ury houses – but while the choice is fan­tas­tic, any house­hunter should ex­pect to pay a pre­mium for the lo­ca­tion.

At the heart of the area is Burn­ham Mar­ket, with a pic­turesque green at its cen­tre, sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful 17th and 18th cen­tury clas­sic stone build­ings. The strong sense of his­tory in the vil­lage is com­bined with a very cos­mopoli­tan mix of in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses, from day-to-day shops, such as green­gro­cer, butcher, deli, newsagent and fish­mon­ger, to art gal­leries, in­te­rior de­sign­ers, fash­ion bou­tiques, an­tique shops, pubs and cafes and much more.

There are also a num­ber of small pri­mary schools in and around the vil­lages, as well as a high school in nearby Wells. There are two in­de­pen­dent day and board­ing schools within a half an hour drive – Gre­sham’s School, which takes pupils from aged 3 to 18, and Glebe House at Hun­stan­ton, which is a prep school and nurs­ery.

Just a few miles up the road from Burn­ham Mar­ket is Burn­ham Deep­dale, a pop­u­lar and busy vil­lage, in part down to its cen­tral Dale­gate Mar­ket area which has a num­ber of shops, a café and the al­ways pop­u­lar back­pack­ers ac­com­mo­da­tion and camp­site. Stroll across the road from the mini hub and you are straight on to the marshes and in sight of the sea.

From here, you are on the Nor­folk Coast Path which will take you for miles; turn left and make your way to Bran­caster Staithe and then the beach, and turn right and head to the pretty and oft pho­tographed vil­lage of Burn­ham Overy Staithe.

The tra­di­tional flint cot­tages and boat masts rat­tling in the wind on the quay are very much a re­minder of the area’s past, the wa­ter where Nor­folk’s most fa­mous son – Lord Ho­ra­tio Nel­son – first learned to sail.

The Burn­hams are dom­i­nated by im­pres­sive, ar­chi­tec­turally im­por­tant churches and a strong mar­itime his­tory – much of which is dom­i­nated by the story of Nel­son, who was born in Burn­ham Thorpe in 1758, where his fa­ther, Ed­mund was a lo­cal cler­gy­man and rec­tor of All Saint’s Church, which re­mains a liv­ing mon­u­ment to the vil­lage’s sea­far­ing son to­day.

Views of Burn­ham Thorpe Church

The Hoste in Burn­ham Mar­ket

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