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Holy Trinity&All Saints.jpg
The Church of the Holy Trinity & All Saints
Winterton-on-Sea is located in Norfolk
 Winterton-on-Sea shown within Norfolk
Area  5.70 km2 (2.20 sq mi)
Population 1,278 (2011)[1]
   – density  224/km2 (580/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG488193
Civil parish Winterton
District Great Yarmouth (borough)
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NR29
Dialling code 01493
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Great Yarmouth
List of places

Coordinates: 52°42′50″N 1°40′55″E / 52.714°N 1.682°E / 52.714; 1.682

Winterton-on-Sea is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. As its name suggests, it is situated on the coast some 13 km (8.1 mi) north of the town of Great Yarmouth and 30 km (19 mi) east of the city of Norwich.[2]


The civil parish has an area of 5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 1,359 in 589 households. Winterton-on-Sea borders the villages of Hemsby, Horsey and Somerton. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Great Yarmouth.[3]

Between the village of Winterton-on-Sea and the North Sea are the Winterton Dunes which are inhabited by several notable species such as the Natterjack Toad.

Winterton-on-Sea has received awards on several occasions in the Anglia in Bloom competition.[4]

The Holy Trinity and All Saints church situated in Winterton-on-Sea dates back to the 16th Century and is 132 feet (40 m) tall.[5]

Winterton men & lifeboats[edit]

Between 1851 and 1861 a number of Winterton families migrated South to Caister. Many of those families joined the Caister Beachmen and founded arguably the basis of the modern Lifeboat service. The most notable of these men was James Haylett.

Winterton as a resort[edit]

Overlooking the coastline at Winterton-on-Sea is the Hermanus Leisure holiday camp; a popular holiday destination, complete with restaurant, bar and thatched accommodation referred to locally as 'roundhouses'.[6] The roundhouses were inspired by a previous owner's trip to Hermanus Bay in South Africa.[7]


The hazardous nature of the coastline at Winterton-on-Sea is marked by its lighthouse whose history extends from James I to the First World War.[8]

In the late eighteenth century marram grass was planted to stabilise the coastline against sea encroachments and by the early nineteenth century there was a barrier of dunes between high water mark and the ridge on which the lighthouse stood, leaving a valley (The Valley) between.[9]

During World War II, anti-invasion defences were constructed around Winterton-on-Sea. They included a number of pillboxes. The beaches were protected with unusually extensive barriers of scaffolding and large numbers of anti-tank cubes.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 252 - Norfolk Coast East. ISBN 0-319-21888-0.
  3. ^ "Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes". Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). p. 1. Retrieved 2 December 2005. 
  4. ^ "Winterton in Bloom". 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lots going on at the Church". 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hermanus Leisure". 
  7. ^ "Property And Accommodation". Hermanus Leisure. p. 1. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Winterton on Sea". 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Long, Neville (1983). Lights of East Anglia. Lavenham: T. Dalton. ISBN 9780861380282. 
  10. ^ Foot, William (2006). Beaches, fields, streets, and hills ... the anti-invasion landscapes of England, 1940. Council for British Archaeology. ISBN 1-902771-53-2. 

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