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A County Guide




Author: N.P.James 2011

Aufiobook narrated by Damien Connolly


Stiffkey, on the A149 around to Wells. A well known destination on the Norfolk Riviera, it has Stiffkey Antiques, strong flint walled houses bordering the road. It has the Stiffkey Red Lion for real ales and food. It overlooks daffodil filled banks to open fields. Some nice cottages in Greenway. A bus stop, a couple of buildings then out of Stiffkey. One or two residences out there in the fields; self-contained, usuallyVictorian, and usually with a conservatory. Warham is off to the left.


2nd April 2011

Burnham Overy Staithe Proceeding on to Burnham Market, I pass through Burnham Overy Staithe, where a couple of very interesting old properties lie, one with old statuary before - and a church with graveyard.


Burnham Overy Town and Burnham Market Entering Burnham there's the Hero Pub, Seaward House, well modernised, Burnham Overy Town has a barn house complex of six substantial Queen Anne red brick. Some to let. Here you can see the mill, black painted with a white top. Mrs Preedys Cottage and then, pleasantly quiet, modest countryside. Burnham Market half a mile distant.


Coming to Burnham Market from the coast road on a grey morning. Burnham Market is strung out over a fairly wide area with the Parish Church in the middle, the road to the left goes to Fakenham. Burnham is something of a jewel of north Norfolk. It has fine period properties (17th century), made with that attractive red brick, characteristic in the rectories and higher class dwellings of the upper middle strata of past centuries. Property advertised for sale by Sowerbys and Bedfords Estate Agents. Burnham is full of character, the little lanes from the centre leading to pretty flower decked courtyards. On this Saturday morning in early April residents are emerging onto the village green to get their morning paper and chat. Men in flat caps, gun jackets, corduroys and boots; ladies with headscarves, tweed skirts, Barbour and sensible flat shoes.

Good shops in Burnham: you have the pharmacy, Norfolk Living: decorative crafts, Annas Country Clothing and Jack Wills Outfitters to the Gentry. The Ringstead Gallery, Arthur Howell Butcher, with some fruit and vegetables out in front. Gurnings Fish Shop, displaying mussels, smoked salmon etc. A greengrocer, a baker, an off license. Burnham is very well served. For hospitality try morning coffee at the Hoste Arms, with deep cushioned comfort for guests, and a fantasy lit stairway to amenities. At the church gate a notice for Holy Communion and Foot Washing, Norfolks history is Catholic, cause of much turbulence. Prices at Bedfords: 325K for a period cottage going up to 895K for substantial 4/5 bed period residence. 



















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Cabbage Leaf Gouache 1978