Mundesley

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Coordinates: 52°52′34″N 1°26′17″E / 52.876°N 1.438°E / 52.876; 1.438

Mundesley
MundesleyBeachInSummer(StephenCraven)Aug2006.jpg
Mundesley Beach
Mundesley is located in Norfolk
Mundesley
Mundesley
 Mundesley shown within Norfolk
Area  2.84 km2 (1.10 sq mi)
Population 2,695 (parish, 2001 census)
    - Density  949 /km2 (2,460 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TG315365
    - London  136 miles (219 km) 
Civil parish Mundesley
District North Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR11
Dialling code 01263
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North Norfolk
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk

Mundesley is a coastal village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[1] The village is 20.3 miles north-north east of Norwich, 7.3 miles south east of Cromer and 136 miles north east of London. The village lies 5.6 miles north-north east of the town of North Walsham. The nearest railway station is at North Walsham for the Bittern Line which runs between Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich Airport. The village sits astride the B1159[2] coast road that links Cromer and Caister-on-Sea, and is at the eastern end of the B1145[3] a route which runs between King's Lynn and Mundesley. Mundesley is within the Norfolk Coast AONB. It has a resident population of around 2,695 (parish, 2001 census). The River Mun or Mundesley Beck flows into the sea here.

History[edit]

Mundesley Maritime Museum and war memorial in August 2013

Mundesley has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085.[4] In the great book Mundesley is recorded by the name of Muleslai. The main landholder was William de Warenne, and the survey also lists a church.

Second World War[edit]

The Mundesley war memorial is dedicated to sailors and volunteers who cleared the North Sea of mines during and after the Second World War. Next to the church is a World War II gun emplacement, which now stands near the edge of the cliff, due to coastal erosion.

Tourism[edit]

Mundesley beach in August 2013

Mundesley is a popular seaside holiday destination due to its sandy beaches and has a number of holiday chalet and caravan parks and hotels. Just to the south of Mundesley on the road to Paston is a popular windmill, Stow Mill. The village was a popular seaside resort in Victorian times, benefiting from its own railway station which closed in 1964.

The golf course[edit]

The village has an historic golf course in the Mun Valley, designed with the help of six-times Open Champion Harry Vardon. Vardon convalesced at the nearby sanitorium while recovering from tuberculosis and his association with the course spanned many years. It is said that he scored his only hole-in-one on what is now the sixth. The course was reduced to nine holes when land was required for wartime farming, which was very important in that era.

Village amenities[edit]

The village centre offers shops including a butcher's, florist's, hardware store, arts and crafts, chemist's and convenience stores. Mundesley also has its own medical centre and primary school. There is an adventure island crazy golf park close to the seafront. There is a very small maritime museum which is also the local lookout of the National Coastwatch Institution, a charity offering 365 days lookout in over 50 stations along the British coast.

Public houses and hotels[edit]

There are three pubs in Mundesley. One of the oldest is the Ship Inn situated on the sea front. Its first landlord is listed as being Paul Harrison in 1836. Its flint construction is characteristic of the older parts of the village. The Manor Hotel, also on the sea front, has a public bar in the main building . A little inland, on the road to Paston, is the Royal Hotel, where Lord Nelson is said to have lived for a while.

Parish church[edit]

All Saints Church, Mundesley (photo by Susanne Mason)

All Saints Church in Mundesley was fully restored between 1904 and 1914. It is located on the cliffs above the sea.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey, Explorer Sheet 252, Norfolk Coast East, ISBN 978-0-319-46726-8
  2. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk,Map page 229, ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  3. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, page 230 ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  4. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde, Norfolk page 186, Mundesley, ISBN 1-85833-440-3

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