Mundesley shown within Norfolk
|Area||2.84 km2 (1.10 sq mi)|
|Population||2,758 (parish, 2011 census)|
|– density||971/km2 (2,510/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||136 miles (219 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||North Norfolk|
Mundesley is a coastal village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. 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 coast road that links Cromer and Caister-on-Sea, and is at the eastern end of the B1145 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), measured at 2,758 in the 2011 Census. The River Mun or Mundesley Beck flows into the sea here.
Mundesley has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085. 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
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.
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
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.
The village centre offers shops including a butchers, florists, hardware store, arts and crafts, chemist 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
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.
All Saints Church in Mundesley was fully restored between 1904 and 1914. It is located on the cliffs above the sea.
- Ordnance Survey, Explorer Sheet 252, Norfolk Coast East, ISBN 978-0-319-46726-8
- County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk,Map page 229, ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
- County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, page 230 ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
- "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde, Norfolk page 186, Mundesley, ISBN 1-85833-440-3
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
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