Burnham Market most likely derives its name from the River Burn, which runs close by to the long-standing Market Town. However, Burnham was also a centre for amber trading and the name may well originate from this (in several languages the word for amber is a literal translation of Burn-Stone). Burnham is an old Roman settlement, and it was famous for trade and industry dating to the period.
In pre-Roman times, the area was home to the fierce Iceni. The Iceni were led by the well-known Iceni Queen Boudica, who held up against Rome’s plans to plunder and pillage taking the Britain’s into Roman servitude.
Now considered to be more a village than a town (the market is no longer there), Burnham is a lovely place to stay and there are number of wonderful hotels, B&B’s, shops, pubs and cafes to relax and enjoy the chocolate-box setting. More recently, the village has acquired an air of ‘chic’ about it, drawing attention from celebrities from the world of television, film, literature and fashion. You will often be forced to take a second look at a face that looks familiar as you stroll around.
Burnham Market is ideally positioned to explore the coast and many nearby attractions. Close by to Burnham Market is Holkham Hall. Built by the first Earl of Leicester, this magnificent building is set amongst 6-1/2 acres of walled gardens, originally laid out Samuel Wyatt in the 1700’s. The hall was based on the idea of Italian villa set on the North Norfolk coast. Recently open air concerts by world-famous performers such as Elton John and Status Quo have been hosted in the deer park, bringing the hall up to date as an excellent venue for modern entertainment.
Burnham Market is one of a handful of small, pretty settlements known as ‘The Burnhams’. Nearby Burnham Thorpe was birthplace to the famous Admiral Lord Nelson, who fought against France in the Napoleonic wars, his greatest triumph being at the Battle of Trafalgar, at which he also lost his life. Considered to be the first true Brit hero, many dwellings and buildings associated with his youth, early adulthood and family who came from this region, still stand in the area.
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