St Mary's Church, Burnham Deepdale

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About

This little church in its coastal village deserves fame for its three outstanding features: - it’s Saxon round tower (pre-Conquest of 1066), its Norman font, and its collection of medieval glass.

The round tower dates approximately from 950 years ago. This simple construction, making intricate corners unnecessary, is a feature of many churches in Norfolk. This is one of a group in three neighbouring parishes; Titchwell, Burnham Deepdale and Burnham Norton. The tower houses a 15th century bell cast by Thomas Derby of Kings Lynn.

The Norman font of Barnack stone is square in shape and depicts a figure for each month of the year from a farming man's point of view. For example February shows a person with his feet up before the fire, June, a person weeding, September, threshing and December, feasting together.

The collection of medieval glass is rich and varied and is described in the book 'Stained Glass Tours around Norfolk Churches' by David J King. Of particular charm is the window in the tower showing in the top half an angel pulling the chains of a censur and below Mary Magdalene holding a scroll. The windows in the porch contain delightful medieval faces of the sun and moon.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry

Catering

  • On-site catering - Deepdale Cafe across the road
  • On-site light refreshments - Deepdale Stores and Deepdale Cafe across the road

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking - Layby beside the church

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Postbox
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Telephone (public)

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property

Suitability

  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

On the beautiful north Norfolk coast, approximately half way between Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea.

By Road:

Driving:
If you are coming from London then we suggest you take the M11, then the A11, turning off to Swaffham. This is usually much quicker that the A10.
If you are coming from the Midlands head to King's Lynn and either take the A149 coast road or A148 and turn off at Hillington to Bircham.

By Public Transport:

Trains:
We would recommend arriving at Kings Lynn by train, on the service run by First Capital Connect (approximately 1hr and 40mins direct from London Kings Cross), and then cycling or catching a local bus to Burnham Deepdale. Bicycles are allowed on the train and you can use Network Railcards to reduce the cost of travel by 1/3.

National Coaches:
We would recommend arriving at King's Lynn bus station on a National Express bus service and then cycling or catching a local bus to Burnham Deepdale. Some national coaches allow bicycles by prior arrangement, check before you book your tickets.

Local Buses:
The usual bus service to Burnham Deepdale and Deepdale Farm is the Coast Hopper bus service run by Norfolk Green, which runs along the coast and stops right outside our front door. It's a fantastic service for those staying as you can visit almost anywhere on the coast using the bus.
The Coast Hopper service runs from Hunstanton to Sheringham, often from King's Lynn and Cromer too, which links up with the trains from Norwich to Sheringham and the trains from London to King's Lynn.
Note: CoastHopper buses continue to run in the Winter, every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Buses run at hourly intervals between Hunstanton and Sheringham (except Sunday), rather than two-hourly as in previous winter months. On Sundays the two hourly frequency remains. This makes the bus a very flexible option to go to the start or to return from a walk.

Cycling:
National Cycle Route Number One passes two miles inland of Deepdale Farm. This forms part of the North Sea Cycle Route and the national network of cycle routes. A new Norfolk Coast Cycle Route has just been launched. We allow you to bring your bike on the train, so why not catch the train to King's Lynn and then cycle onto us.

Walking:
The Norfolk Coastal Path stretches from Hunstanton to Cromer and passes through Burnham Deepdale, just 200 yards from Deepdale Farm. Peddars Way is not far away and links with the Norfolk Coast Path.

Flying:
Our nearest airport is Norwich. flybe fly into Norwich from destinations across the UK and Europe, including Paris, Exeter and Edinburgh. KLM fly into Norwich from around the world via Schipol Airport, Amsterdam.
For the major London airports, Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton, there is a coach service to Norwich run by National Express.
There is a good train service from Stansted Airport which connects with trains to King's Lynn.

Accessible by Public Transport: King's Lynn station is 25 miles away.

St Mary's Church, Burnham Deepdale

Type:Church

Main Road, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, PE31 8DD

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

* Church is usually open during daylight hours.

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