Bacton, Norfolk

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Saint Andrew Bacton.jpg
St Andrew's Church, Bacton
Bacton is located in Norfolk
 Bacton shown within Norfolk
Area  9.45 km2 (3.65 sq mi)
Population 1,194 (parish, 2011 census)
   – density  126/km2 (330/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG344337
   – London  139 mi (224 km) 
Civil parish Bacton
District North Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR12
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North Norfolk
List of places

Coordinates: 52°51′01″N 1°28′39″E / 52.85037°N 1.47745°E / 52.85037; 1.47745

Bacton is a village and civil parish in Norfolk, England. It is on the Norfolk coast, some 20 km south-east of Cromer, 40 km north-west of Great Yarmouth and 30 km north of Norwich. Besides the village of Bacton, the parish includes the nearby settlements of Bacton Green, Broomholm, Keswick and Pollard Street.[1] It also includes Edingthorpe, which was added to Bacton civil parish under the County of Norfolk Review Order, 1935.

The seaside village is located on the North Norfolk coast between Mundesley a blue flag beach and Walcott, Norfolk. Bacton is known for its very quiet sandy beaches offering miles of walking along the beach and cliffs. The England Coast Path passes through the village and also the Paston Way long distance footpath linking Cromer and North Walsham.

Bacton Beach

In the east of the parish can be found the ruined Cluniac Bromholm Priory.[2]

The civil parish has an area of 9.45 km² and in the 2001 census had a population of 1,130 in 474 households the population increasing to 1,194 at the 2011 Census.[3] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.[4]

Amenities in the village include a public house, n hotel, two cafes, one restaurant and takeaway food establishments as well as a recreation ground. In addition there are several caravan parks and estates consisting of privately owned holiday chalets, giving holidaymakers access to the beach. During the First World War there was also an airfield located nearby, RAF Bacton.

The village and adjoining coastline has extensive sea defences, erected to prevent coastal erosion. Part of this sea wall in nearby Walcott, Norfolk was damaged in the storm surge in December 2013, which caused damage to several caravans and chalets.

North of Bacton lies the village of Paston where the Bacton Gas Terminal is located.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). "Norfolk Coast East". OS Explorer Map. 252. ISBN 0-319-21888-0. 
  2. ^ "United Kingdom and Ireland Pipelines map - Crude Oil (petroleum) pipelines - Natural Gas pipelines - Products pipelines". Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes" (XLS). Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council. 2001. Retrieved 2005-12-02. [permanent dead link]

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