History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The prosperity of Broomholm Priory was enhanced when the monks claimed to have a piece of the True Cross. As a result, the Priory became a busy destination for pilgrims. Much of the priory is now in ruins, though a medieval gateway and arch survive.
Aside from the Priory remains the outstanding historic building in Bacton is the medieval parish church of St Andrews, which stands in a field just west of the village. This tiny church has a 15th-century nave and chancel, with a strikingly large tower.
A well-intentioned Victorian restoration swept away some of the medieval fabric but the beautifully carved medieval font remains. Look for a brass plaque commemorating the loss of the HMS Cormorant, sunk by the Chinese in 1859. The Cormorant was commanded by Armine Woodhouse, son of the rector of Bacton.
There are also several superb historic churches in the area of Bacton, including those at Edingthorpe and Trunch.
The village is served by a popular pub called the Poachers Pocket (I had a very good meal there one evening) and a hotel. The area is popular for holidays, with several holiday chalet parks and caravan parks, providing beach access.
The beach and the surrounding coastline have an extensive seawall to prevent erosion. If you don't fancy going down to the beach itself there are very goof clifftop walks offering excellent views over the coastline.
Address: Bacton, Norfolk, England
Attraction Type: Village
OS: TG 3421 3381
Photo Credit: Christine Matthews, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Edingthorpe, All Saints - 1.3 miles (Historic Church)
Knapton, St Peter & St Paul Church - 2.2 miles (Historic Church)
Happisburgh, St Mary's Church - 2.9 miles (Historic Church)
Happisburgh Lighthouse - 3.3 miles (Historic Building)
East Ruston, St Mary's Church - 3.4 miles (Historic Church)
East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden - 3.4 miles (Garden)
Trunch, St Botolph - 3.5 miles (Historic Church)
Honing, St Peter & St Paul - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
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