"HUNSTANTON is a pleasantly situated village, on an eminence, with a declivity to the east, opening into a fine valley, and terminated on the north west by that lofty sea cliff called Gore, or St. Edmund's Point,- being distant 10 miles W. of Burnham-Market, and 17 miles N. by E. of Lynn. Commanding an extensive view of the ocean, and having a firm sandy beach, with much beautiful scenery in its vicinity, it offers many temptations as a bathing place, though it has yet only two or three private lodging-houses, and one public house. Its parish contains 527 inhabitants, and 2,005 acres of land, including the decayed parish of Barrett Ringstead, and belonging to Henry L'Estrange Styleman Le Strange, Esq., the lord of the manor, who, in 1835-6, completely renovated Hunstanton Hall, which is seated in a beautiful park . . . Hunstanton Cliff, which rises to the height of from 60 to 100 feet above the beach, is commonly called St. Edmund's Point, from a tradition that Edmund the martyr landed here, when he was brought from Germany to be crowned King of East Anglia. . . . Hunstanton CHURCH (Virgin Mary,) is a large regular pile, with a square tower and one bell, at the west end of the north aisle. It has a handsome south porch, and an antique Norman font; also several fine brasses in memory of the L'Estranges, and one to Edmund Green and his wife, dated 1490. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £12, and in 1831 at £184, is now enjoyed by the Rev. Samuel Cross." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paul Beesley]
Hunstanton is on the coast of north west Norfolk, about 13 miles north east of King's Lynn.
It consists of Old Hunstanton (St Mary) and New Hunstanton (St Edmund).
|Chapel of St Edmund, Old Hunstanton, Church of England|
|St Edmund, Hunstanton, Church of England|
|St Mary the Virgin, Old Hunstanton, Church of England|
|Municipal Cemetery, Hunstanton, Cemetery|
|Meeting House, Old Hunstanton, Society of Friends|
- 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.
- St Mary, Old Hunstanton
- Church of St Mary, Old Hunstanton
- Description, history and pictures.
- George, Roland
- The History of Hunstanton Parish Church.
[The Church, 1996]
- Hodder, John
- An Introduction to the Parishes of Old Hunstanton and Ringstead, Norfolk: Colour on walling and traditional masonry.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1991]
- Methodist Church
- Methodist Church
- Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
- Walpole, Miriam
- A Short History of the Methodist Church, Austin Street, Hunstanton.
- Union Church
- Union Church
- Description, address, etc.
- Martin, R.G.
- These Hundred Years: a picture of Union Church, Hunstanton, 1870-1970.
[Hunstanton, The Church, 1970s]
- Hunstanton Online
- Description, pictures, tourist information, etc.
- Beeton's Library
- Photographic View Album of Hunstanton.
[Hunstanton, Beeton's Library, 1900s]
- Dalby, Terry
- Hunstanton Sketchbook: Its buildings past and present.
[Hunstanton, Propetec Publications, 1996]
- McLeans Bazaar
- McLeans New Album of Hunstanton and Neighbourhood.
[No publication information]
- Wilson, Philip
- Hunstanton and its Neighbourhood.
[Thew and Son, Simpkin, Marshall and Co., 1873]
The directories and guides below are examples. There are more for other years.
- (No author)
- Hunstanton Blue Book: street directory and classified trades.
[Hunstanton, Priest Publications, 1968]
[Hunstanton, Norfolk Newspapers and Printing, 1970]
- Hunstanton Advancement Association
- Hunstanton and Neighbourhood: Official Guide.
[Norwich, Jarrold, Hunstanton Advancement Association, 1926]
- Hunstanton Urban District Council
- The Official Guide to Hunstanton: Queen of the Norfolk Coast.
[Hunstanton, Hunstanton Publicity Committee, 1957]
- Hunstanton Urban District Council
- Hunstanton: The ideal family resort.
[Hunstanton Urban District Council, 1965]
[Hunstanton, Witley, 1972]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Hunstanton to another place.
Hunstanton 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 Hunstanton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Arnott, Ken
- Hunstanton: The story of a small Norfolk seaside resort, giving a brief history of the town; details of prominent buildings and landmarks; notes on the Le Strange family who were responsible for creating the resort in the middle of the 19th century.
[Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk, 2000]
- Calvert, E.M.
- The History of Hunstanton Lighthouse.
[Norwich, Jarrold, 1939]
- Cobb, John Storer
- History of Hunstanton, Norfolk.
[London, Jarrold and Sons, 1868]
- Gore, L.L.
- The History of Hunstanton.
[ISBN 0861167996, Bogner Regis, New Horizon, 1983]
- Oestmann, Cord
- Lordship and community: the Lestrange family and the village of Hunstanton, Norfolk, in the first half of the sixteenth century.
[ISBN 0851153518, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1994]
- Stibbons, Theo
- The Hunstanton Lifeboats: 1824-1843, 1867-1931, 1979-1984.
[ISBN 0946148082, North Walsham, Poppyland Publishing, 1984]
- Hunstanton Household Accounts
- List of Documents, 1328-1917.
- Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
- The Lodge Hotel, Old Hunstanton: A history.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1988]
- Great Britain: Statute
- Annual Inclosure Act, 1857.
An act to authorize the inclosure of certain lands (including Costessey, Holme-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton and Dersingham, for which provisional inclosure orders were made between 30 October and 4 December 1856) in pursuance of a report of the Inclosure Commissioners for England and Wales: 21st March 1857.
[London, George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1857]
- Hunstanton Cliffs consist of horizontal layers of carstone and red and white chalk, and contain fossils.
- Fossils and Geology of Hunstanton
- Town Plan.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF674409 (Lat/Lon: 52.939638, 0.489749), Hunstanton which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- Le Strange
- See Norfolk People and Families