Holme next the Sea


"HOLME-NEXT-THE-SEA is a parish and small village, betwixt Hunstanton and Brancaster Bay, 9 miles W. of Burnham-Market, containing 280 inhabitants, and 1,197 acres of land, lying in several manors, viz:- Hunstanton-with-Mustrells, Ringstead-with-Holme, and Northwall, otherwise Barnards, of which Hy. L'Estrange Styleman Le Strange, Esq., is lord; and Holkham, Berry's, and Hoods, of which the Rev. Chas. Palmer is lord, and has a neat mansion here; as also has Mr. Matthew Thurlow Nelson. The CHURCH (Virgin Mary,) has a large square tower, built by Henry Notynham, an itinerant judge, in the reign of Henry IV. It has been much larger, the nave being rebuilt on a smaller scale, in 1778. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d., and consolidated with that of Thornham. It has about 22 acres of glebe, and was augmented, in 1762, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty. The Rev. Chas. Sutton, D.D., has been incumbent since 1794, and the Bishop of Norwich is the patron." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paul Beesley]


Holme-next-the-Sea is about 3 miles N.E. of Hunstanton.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Heacham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description, history and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Description, history and pictures.
Bryant, Thomas Hugh
St Mary the Virgin, Holme-next-the-Sea
(from notes by Thomas Nelson).
[Reprinted from The Norwich Mercury, 1906 (6 and 13 October)]

Church Records

Marriages 1705-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 5.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

Holme next the Sea is in Smithdon Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Smithdon Hundred
Description of Smithdon Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Holme next the Sea has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Our Village in 1951
Holme-next-the-Sea, Past and Present.
By the Headmaster and Pupils of the Village School.
School, church, names, maps, occupations, etc.

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Holme-next-the-Sea Inclosure Act, 1820.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Holme next the Sea, in the county of Norfolk.
[London, Dorington and Son, 1820]
Village Map with Field Names
From "Our Village in 1951".

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF705435 (Lat/Lon: 52.961565, 0.536355), Holme next the Sea which are provided by:



Holme-next-the-Sea Village School
History and description. From "Our Village in 1951".