Holme-next-the-Sea

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Holme-next-the-Sea
Holme-next-the-Sea is located in Norfolk
Holme-next-the-Sea
Holme-next-the-Sea
 Holme-next-the-Sea shown within Norfolk
Area  8.82 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Population 322 (2001)
   – density  37/km2 (96/sq mi)
OS grid reference TF7043
District King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HUNSTANTON
Postcode district PE36
Dialling code 01485
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North West Norfolk
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Coordinates: 52°58′N 0°32′E / 52.96°N 0.54°E / 52.96; 0.54

Holme-next-the-Sea is a small village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the north Norfolk coast some 5 km north-east of the seaside resort of Hunstanton, 30 km north of the town of King's Lynn and 70 km north-west of the city of Norwich.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 8.82 km2 (3.41 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 322 in 177 households.[2] For local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

Its position on the North Sea coast makes it a prime site for migratory birds in autumn. It consequently is home to two adjoining nature reserves, one owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the other by the Norfolk Ornithological Association. A pair of black-winged stilts bred at the Wildlife Trust's Holme Dunes [1] in 1987, is raising three young.[3]

The eastern end of Hunstanton golf links reach to Holme, and public rights of way mean that birders and golfers have learned to co-exist. It is the meeting point of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path which together form a National Trail.

It is the nearest village to the Bronze Age timber circle site of Seahenge.

The Parish Church of St Mary was first mentioned in 1188, but the oldest remaining part of the building is the tower which dates from the 15th century. The main church building was demolished and rebuilt in 1888, although some memorials and an ancient stone font survive from the earlier structure. The church has a peal of five bells which are still rung, the earliest is dated 1677. In the churchyard are the graves of various members of the Nelson family, who lived at Holme House.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 250 - Norfolk Coast West. ISBN 0-319-21886-4.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council, 2001. "Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes."
  3. ^ Boyd, Bill (1987) The Black-winged Stilts at Holme Norfolk Naturalists' Trust reserve Twitching Vol 1 No 6 Pages 148-150
  4. ^ "St. Mary's, Holme-next-the-Sea". www.saxonshorebenefice.co.uk. The Saxon Shore Benefice. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 

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