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Burnham Market

Introduction

Once a livestock market town. Today Burnham Market is a haven for peace and tranquility. With many fine 17th and 18th century buildings adorning the village green and of course its many connections to Horatio Nelson.

WHERE IS IT
On the North Norfolk coast close to Fakenham and Wells-next-the-sea.

HISTORY
Burnham Market is the main village of a collection of villages given the name of the Burnhams.  The name is derived from the village being situated close to the mouth of the river Burn. The seven Burnhams are Market, Overy , Overy Staithe, Overy Town, Norton, Deepdale and Thorpe.

Burnham market has an attractive green which is fringed with elegant 18th Century houses.

Historically Burnham Market was a market town however nowadays it is considered a village with the market long gone.  The village sign shows a market scene in the 15th century reflecting the village history.

Burnham Market's most famous son was Horatio Nelson.  many properties in the Burnhams have connections with Nelson and his family dating back to approximately 1755.  Nelson himself was born in Burnham Thorpe in 1758. Although Nelson himself is buried at St Paul's Cathedral, there are many reminders of within the Burnhams including a bust over fathers tomb at the 13th Century All Saint's Church.

Today Burnham Market is regarded by many as Chelsea on Sea due to its ability to attract famous visitors and its varied and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

 

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015