SNETTISHAM

The small coastal village of Snettisham is located near The Wash, between King's Lynn and Hunstanton. Snettisham's population is about 2,500 and growing. It's name derives from the Old English, meaning Snaet's Homestead.

There is much to admire in the abundance of traditional carr-stone buildings and uncommercialised beaches. The pretty market place is quieter since the closure of Doe's general store but still boasts a variety of shops and businesses.

The A149 bypass, completed in 1991, brought peace and cleaner air to the village, and the surrounding countryside is idyllic. Behind the beach lies an unspoilt coastal park and lagoons, created by the extraction of shingle for roads. The RSPB reserve is a magnet for bird enthusiasts.

The village of Snettisham has around a dozen shops, three pubs - The Rose and Crown, The Compasses and the Queen Victoria - and a number of small businesses. Other important assets include the schools, doctor's surgery, post office, newsagent and chemist.

Little wonder so many people choose Snettisham for their retirement or consider commuting to work from the village.

HISTORY

Snettisham is mentioned in the Domesday book as Snetesham but its history of human habitation goes back much further, as shown by discoveries of flints from the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods.

The Romans also feature in Snettisham's History. Remains of a villa range alongside friendly deer and fluffy lambs in the list of things to see at the Park Farm tourist attraction.

In the 11th century, Snettisham was the third-largest town in Norfolk with seven mills, three fisheries, salthouses and 440 sheep. In medieval times business thrived and six guilds boasted their own guildhall.

Renowned English cricketer WG Grace enjoyed holidays in Snettisham in the early 1900's, staying with his friend the headmaster of a grammar school named The Halls.

Park Farm Snettisham
A 320 acre farm full of interesting and exciting things to do. Say hallo to a host of friendly farm animals. Farm trail, gift shop, tea room, adventure playground, pony rides etc.


More Information about West Norfolk:
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