History – Old Hunstanton

Old Hunstanton has a lot of character

St Edmunds Arch on Hunstanton Cliffs by Viv WalkerOn your walks around Hunstanton, there are many opportunities for visitors to enjoy refreshment in quaint Old Hunstanton as well as the main part of the new town.

Old Hunstanton traces its history back to AD 855 when St Edmund was reported to have been shipwrecked there from Germany.  A chapel was built in his memory by the monks of Bury on the cliffs at Hunstanton near where St Edmund was reported to have landed.  The ruins now stand on the cliff top and they have been converted to a garden of remembrance.  Nearby is the 19th century white lighthouse – a notable local landmark even today – which ceased to operate at the start of World War I.

Although originally a fishing village, Old Hunstanton is now a quiet holiday retreat and a great place to appreciate Norfolk’s tranquillity.   The village is made up of picturesque, fairytale cottages, vast open beaches and has some fantastic sand dunes just to the east.  It is breathtaking scenery as you walk across the dunes.

Arts and crafts – not to mention antiques – are alive and well in the area with regular demonstrations of flower crafts, jewellery making, glasswork, pottery making, wood turning and more at Le Strange Old Barns.  You will easily find an original gem of a gift for that special person at Le Strange Old Barns and all at reasonable prices too.  You will also find Pitch and Putt, golf, bowls and many other activities going on in the area.

Hunstanton RNLI is located in Old Hunstanton near the sand dunes.  The RNLI volunteers regularly launch their craft from Old Hunstanton beach to help keep visitors to the beach safe from harm.  Just across from the RNLI station is a beach cafe where you can watch proceedings or just refresh yourself after a walk along the beach.

St Marys Church in Old Hunstanton by RobToplissJust outside of Old Hunstanton is the church of St. Mary the Virgin.  The church has its own Flower Festival each year and is well worth a visit.  In the graveyard of St Mary the Virgin, Old Hunstanton, are graves and memorials to the Le Strange family and other local gentry from years gone by.