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Ten Town Tour: Hunstanton

Hunstanton is known as Sunny Hunny for its sun-seeking coastal spot

Built as a Norfolk seaside resort, Hunstanton gained popularity with sun-seekers as far back as the 1860s.

The name of the town is thought to originate from the River Hunn, stemming from the grounds of Old Hunstanton Hall, though locals believe it also comes from the word Honeystone, the name of the local stone.

The vision of the seaside resort was largely due to Henry Styleman Le Strange's decision to develop the area south of the old village.

Mr Le Strange designed the new resort himself, with a triangular green sloping down to the sea to act as a focal point, with buildings on two of its sides.

In 1862, a railway link from King's Lynn to Hunstanton ensured the prosperity of the new resort along with the pier, built in 1870-71. However, the pier has been damaged by fire and bad weather on numerous occasions, with the current structure being built in 2003.

Today with its nickname Sunny Hunny and 5,000 permanent residents, the town retains its Victorian character and remains a popular holiday location for families.

BBC Norfolk drives into Hunstanton Town Hall on Tuesday, 24 November, 2009.


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