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Signpost in Holme-next-the-Sea
Holme-next-the-Sea is located in Norfolk
Holme-next-the-Sea shown within Norfolk
Area 8.82 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Population 239 (2011)
• Density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
OS grid reference TF7043
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PE36
Dialling code 01485
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°58′N 0°32′E / 52.96°N 0.54°E / 52.96; 0.54Coordinates: 52°58′N 0°32′E / 52.96°N 0.54°E / 52.96; 0.54

Holme-next-the-Sea is a small village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the north Norfolk coast some 5 km north-east of the seaside resort of Hunstanton, 30 km north of the town of King's Lynn and 70 km north-west of the city of Norwich.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 8.82 km2 (3.41 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 322 in 177 households,[2] falling to 239 at the 2011 Census.[3] For local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

Its position on the North Sea coast makes it a prime site for migratory birds in autumn. It consequently is home to two adjoining nature reserves, one owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the other by the Norfolk Ornithological Association. A pair of black-winged stilts bred at the Wildlife Trust's Holme Dunes [1] in 1987, is raising three young.[4]

The eastern end of Hunstanton golf links reach to Holme, and public rights of way mean that birders and golfers have learned to co-exist. It is the meeting point of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path which together form a National Trail.

It is the nearest village to the Bronze Age timber circle site of Seahenge.

The Parish Church of St Mary was first mentioned in 1188, but the oldest remaining part of the building is the tower which dates from the 15th century. The main church building was demolished and rebuilt in 1888, although some memorials and an ancient stone font survive from the earlier structure. The church has a peal of five bells which are still rung, the earliest is dated 1677. In the churchyard are the graves of various members of the Nelson family, who lived at Holme House.[5]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 250 - Norfolk Coast West. ISBN 0-319-21886-4.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council, 2001. "Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes."
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  4. ^ Boyd, Bill (1987) The Black-winged Stilts at Holme Norfolk Naturalists' Trust reserve Twitching Vol 1 No 6 Pages 148-150
  5. ^ "St. Mary's, Holme-next-the-Sea". www.saxonshorebenefice.co.uk. The Saxon Shore Benefice. Retrieved 28 March 2014.

External links

  • Map sources for Holme-next-the-Sea for Holme-next-the-Sea.
  • Information from Genuki Norfolk on Holme-next-the-Sea.
  • Information from NorfolkCoast.co.uk on Holme-next-the-Sea.
  • Information about walking Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coastal path
  • Holme-next-the-Sea village Website. Information about the village.
  • St. Mary's Holme-next-the-Sea Society of Bell Ringers Website. Church bell ringing in the village.
  • The Saxon Shore Benefice Website. Six parishes forming this coastal benefice.
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