And no, one isn’t the ‘Broads’
While planning our Norfolk road trip and during our visit, we found out some interesting facts & snippets of information about this East Anglian county.
Even though Norfolk isn’t a million miles away from where we live in the southeast of the UK, there are still things you are unaware of, or niggling bits of knowledge in your mind, that you think you know about a place but not too sure until you go digging a little further.
Some of you may already know this, but here is what we found out.
Not only can Norwich boast that it has a magnificent Church of England Norman Cathedral, that has stood for over 900 years.
But it also has a Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist.
Norfolk has a wonderful, unspoilt, coastline that sweeps around the north of the county from Great Yarmouth to beyond Hunstanton.
There is a great coastal route that can be enjoyed taking in the amazing views.
Edith Cavell was a nurse during the First World War, and she infamously sheltered Allied forces & helped over 200 escape, for this Edith was tried and executed behind enemy lines.
A state funeral was given to Edith Cavell at Westminster Abbey, and a fitting memorial is by Norwich Cathedral.
Norfolk is also home to some great seaside resorts, Cromer ‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’ with its traditional old school feel of promenading along the sea front and Great Yarmouth with its slapstick, candy floss and crazy golf.
George Skipper was very well known in Norfolk for his architectural designs.
Not only was he the mind behind the Art Nouveau Royal Arcade in Norwich, but he also designed the elegant Hotel de Paris, that sits on the cliff top at Cromer looking down over the pier.
For a bit of nostalgia jump aboard the Sheringham to Holt steam train and take a trip along the ‘Poppy Line’ through the Norfolk countryside.
This is just one of the heritage lines that run through Norfolk.
Another surprise was the abundance of flint in Norfolk, it has been mined in this region since Pre-Roman times and is used throughout the county on historical buildings and modern day homes.
Another Naval great to be born in Norfolk is George Vancouver, a statue of him can be found in his home town of King’s Lynn.
Not that I’m giving the game away, but one of his famous expeditions was to Canada.
Now, of course, I have heard of Sandringham House the elegant Royal retreat that Queen Elizabeth II and her family resides at during Christmas, but during the tour of the house you can find out snippets of the family’s history.
We found out that in 1932 beyond a secret door a temporary radio studio was set up for King George V, to broadcast the first Royal Christmas Message….well I didn’t know that.
Now, I was certainly surprised to see these little fellas; I know that Cromer is famous for its crabs, but not goats!
Apparently, the herd of eight Bagot goats were brought in to nibble at undergrowth and keep the cliff top vegetation under control.
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