Hunstanton North Norfolk

The wreck of the steam trawler Sheraton black and white with hunstanton cliffs North Norfolk

Hunstanton is a small yet popular North Norfolk seaside town of where you can see the sunset over the north sea due to its west-facing beach. Hunstanton as a town has changed dramatically over the years, losing its railway in the late 1960s and its 830-foot long pier that open on Easter Sunday in 1870 and destroyed by fire in 1939.

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The multi-Coloured Chalk Cliffs of Sunny Hunny

hunstanton beach cliffs with large stones and the clifface

Norfolk isn't known for its hills or even cliffs, but it has a few to offer. For us living in the Fens in Cambridgeshire which is some 25 miles away, these cliffs are a nice escape from the bleak flat and often lifeless Fenland countryside. The cliffs stretch just for one mile from Hunstanton to Old Hunstanton, and they are made up from layers of colourful sedimentary rocks from red, orange and white, from the Early Cretaceous and the onset of the Late Cretaceous,108-99 million years ago.

The Wreck of the Sheraton and it's Exciting Past

One of Hunstatons most beautiful attractions maybe those stunning cliffs, but the wreak of the steam trawler Sheraton is right up there for me. It's something that has interested me since a child, and it was meant to be used as a target ship on the bombing range that is 15 miles across the wash, where the bombing range is only 8 miles from my home. Sheraton was launched in 1907, and from 1915-1918 the trawler was used during boom defence work. It also served as a patrol boat in World War Two. In 1945 it was used for a target and painted yellow, it broke free in a storm, drifted across the wash and ended up beached where it lays today.

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The Boulders That Defy Natures Rules

They say nature never builds in straight lines, but if you look at some of those massive boulders and stones where many seem to have been laid out by hand. Until about two years ago, where they were covered in bright green algae and mosses but after a strong wind and storm surge, there wasn't much left of the green stuff. Also many of the boulders where cover over and sand covering parts of the wreak. You can see in my photos the dramatic change. These boulders are excellent for birdwatching, rock pools and of course those sunsets and if you are daring, try jumping to each boulder as the tide goes out.

Before Storm Emma

hunstanton beach cliffs norfolk katey jane photography

The green algae before Storm Emma (BBC News Story), these boulders were soon covered by sand and millions of dead shellfish and other creatures after Storm Emma in 2018. The look of the beach had changed overnight, and I guess it will keep changing as the years pass by.

The Church of St Mary's Old Hunstanton

A cottage with the village duck pond and church-Old Hunstanton Norfolk.

St Mary's church that sits out at the back end of Old Hunstanton is a typical Norfolk church with its vast grounds and stunning windows and not forgetting the lovely village pond that seems a rare sight in the UK nowadays.

The east churchyard is rather significant that opens out to some lovely countryside, and it is a peaceful place to be, Its a far cry from the more noisier parts of Hunstanton. For the church, gallery click on the image which will open in a new window.

Old Hunstanton lighthouse and cliffs North Norfolk using the big stopper Lee filters

Final Thoughts

Back in the day, Hunstanton was like many North Norfolk coastal towns, busy, full of shops and visitors but had an old-world look and felt that made them welcome. Still, they have changed almost beyond recognition nowadays, gone is that old look with expensive car parks and poor quality shops. One of the main issues have been the second home buyers; they have all but killed these places off single handly. People from London are moving in and trying to act like country folk. You would think people would want to keep the old ways alive in the UK, but people are hell-bent on removing our remarkable past from History.

Wrote 18th November 2021
Katey jane Photography

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