Hunstanton, which is also know as ‘Sunny Hunny’ is situated on the beautiful North West Norfolk coast and is renowned as the only east coast resort able to enjoy the sensational sunsets over the sea.
The beginnings of today’s (New) Hunstanton, was due to one man Henry L’Estrange Styleman Le Strange (1815 – 1862). He lived in Hunstanton Hall and conceived the idea of making a new town when he realised that people were coming to enjoy the sea air and stroll along the beach. In 1846 his plans began to take shape and the first building was erected – the New Inn – now the Golden Lion Hotel – fronting onto the focal point of a large triangular Green sweeping down the shore and with beautiful open views across the Wash.
The New Inn (Golden Lion) was the only building between the Lighthouse and Heacham for some 16 years, becoming known as Le Strange’s Folly. The coming of the railway was the trigger for the town to grow. Henry died at the age of 47 without seeing the fulfilment of his vision for the making of the new town of Hunstanton St Edmunds. A pier was erected in 1870 from ‘The Green’ but was unfortunately swept away by the storm of 1978.
Hunstanton became a thriving Victorian seaside town and retains many of its charms from this time.
Today Hunstanton has a population of 4700 and being surrounded by wonderful countryside and beaches this number increases dramatically during the summer months.
In the locality there are various golf courses, windsurfing, sailing and swimming. In addition there is good riding country, bird watching and walking. Hunstanton itself has a wide variety of leisure activities and other attractions include the Royal Estate at Sandringham, Norfolk Lavender and various stately homes along the North Norfolk coast. King's Lynn is the principal town of West Norfolk and is only 16 miles away. It has a wide range of amenities including an electrified railway line to London, King's Cross.
There are numerous pubs and restaurants in the area to suit all requirements and tastes. There are many beautiful villages both inland and on the coast, it is a wonderful area to explore and is particularly popular with bird watchers throughout the whole year. From the coast there are boat trips out to the see the seals.
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