Historic figures in Norfolk

The Norfolk coast has always been a secret draw for the rich, famous, adventure-seeking and lord and ladies.  Generally, it is the perfect place to find refuge - a sanctuary of peace and inspiration.  Here are some of Norfolk's stars - past and present...

Lord Horatio Nelson
Our great navel hero was born in Burnham Thorpe.  Visit the church to see a tribute to his father who was the rector there, and enjoy a drink of Nelson’s Blood in The Lord Nelson or The Hoste pubs.  You can also discover about our rich fishing and maritime heritage at the Cromer Museum and the Time and Tide and Nelson museums in Great Yarmouth.

This much loved Walt Disney character is actually based on the daughter of Chief Powhatan of the Algonquin Red Indians, and she lived in Heacham.  See her memorial in the church of St Mary at Heacham.

Who knew that one of the world’s most famous scientists actually lived in Roughton near Cromer during the 1930’s and Second World War?  Proof that the Norfolk coast is an inspirational setting.

Not only is Sandringham the country retreat for HM The Queen and home to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and family, but Upper Sandringham was also the birthplace of Diana, The Princess of Wales.

Future icons
Surely these include musicians David Gray (Hunstanton), James Blunt (Cley), Naomi Watts (Burnham Market), the late John Hurt (East Runton), Sir James Dyson (Cromer and Holt) and Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty (Great Yarmouth).