Burnham Market

Coordinates: 52°56′45″N 0°43′41″E / 52.94584°N 0.72815°E / 52.94584; 0.72815
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Burnham Market
St Mary's parish church
Burnham Market is located in Norfolk
Burnham Market
Burnham Market
Location within Norfolk
Area18.43 km2 (7.12 sq mi)
Population877 (2011 Census)
• Density48/km2 (120/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF834422
Civil parish
  • Burnham Market
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKings Lynn
Postcode districtPE31
Dialling code01328
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°56′45″N 0°43′41″E / 52.94584°N 0.72815°E / 52.94584; 0.72815
The village green
The Hoste Arms

Burnham Market is an English village and civil parish near the north coast of Norfolk. It is one of the Burnhams, a group of three adjacent villages that were merged: Burnham Sutton, Burnham Ulph and Burnham Westgate. In 2022, Burnham Market was rated among the "20 most beautiful villages in the UK and Ireland" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2020.[1]


According to the 2011 census, Burnham Market had a population of 877 people,[2] which fell to 724 people by the 2021 census.[3]

The parish belongs to the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.[4]


Burnham Market in the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Burnham Market's name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and derives from the Old English for settlement on the River Burn where there is a market.[5]

A map of Burnham from 1946

In 1952, the West Norfolk Junction Railway, which ran through the village, was closed. This railway had linked with Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton and Kings Lynn. The station still stands on the road to North Creake.

St Henry Walpole Catholic Church, Burnham Market in the Diocese of East Anglia
Burnham Market

Burnham Westgate Hall is a Grade II listed country house built in the 1780s by Sir John Soane for Thomas Pitt, 1st Baron Camelford. The Hall was built on the existing Polstede Hall, which had been built in the 1750s by Matthew Brettingham for Pinckney Wilkinson MP.[6]

In 1933, the Hall passed to the Royal British Legion and after the Second World War it was used as an old people's home. From 1990 onwards, it has become the private residence of Baroness Rawlings.[7]


Burnham Market is home to several churches.

St. Mary's Church St. Mary's Church is of Norman origin and is dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus. St. Mary's was significantly remodelled in the fourteenth, fifteenth and nineteenth centuries and is currently listed building. The church bells date to the seventeenth century.[8]

All Saints' Church All Saints' Church is of Norman origin and was heavily remodelled in the fourteenth century, with further minor adjustments being made in the nineteenth century.[9]

St. Henry Walpole Catholic Church Burnham Market's Catholic Church was constructed in 1959 and is dedicated to Saint Henry Walpole, an Elizabethan Catholic martyr.[10] The church conducts weekly Mass on a Friday and Sunday.[11]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "The 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and Ireland". CN Traveller. 20 October 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2024.
  2. ^ City Population. (2022). Retrieved November 14, 2022. https://www.citypopulation.de/en/uk/eastofengland/norfolk/E34001083__burnham_market/
  3. ^ Ibid
  4. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001) Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 18 October 2005.
  5. ^ University of Nottingham. (2022). Retrieved November 14, 2022. http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/map/place/Norfolk/Burnham%20Thorpe
  6. ^ Zoopla. (2022). Retrieved November 14, 2022. http://content.zoopla.co.uk/8d868de37420be36aa190e87943429e002edea82.pdf
  7. ^ Country Life. (2011). Retrieved November 14, 2022. https://www.countrylife.co.uk/property/country-houses-for-sale-and-property-news/an-exceptional-country-estate-in-norfolk-17593
  8. ^ Rose, E. (1986). Retrieved November 15, 2022. https://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?MNF1767-St-Mary%27s-Church-Burnham-Westgate&Index=1581&RecordCount=61672&SessionID=d75d4e70-ea75-437f-86a7-c4767a1d3221
  9. ^ Rose, E. (1981). Retrieved November 15, 2022. https://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?MNF1759-All-Saints%27-Church-Burnham-Ulph&Index=1571&RecordCount=57339&SessionID=19cf8f97-c96e-45e6-adf6-70d1eebf1275
  10. ^ Knott, S. (2005). Retrieved November 15, 2022. http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/burnhamrc/burnhamrc.htm
  11. ^ Catholic Parish of Walsingham. (2022). Retrieved November 15, 2022. https://www.catholicparishofwalsingham.org/st-henry-walpole-burnham-market
  12. ^ Bassett, T. (2022). Retrieved November 15, 2022. http://www.victorianresearch.org/atcl/show_author.php?aid=444

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