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The village of Sidestrand July 2014
Sidestrand is located in Norfolk
 Sidestrand shown within Norfolk
Area  1.73 km2 (0.67 sq mi)
Population 370 (parish, 2001 census)
   – density  214/km2 (550/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG262392
   – London  138 miles (222 km) 
Civil parish Trimingham
District North Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CROMER
Postcode district NR27
Dialling code 01263
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

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Sidestrand is a village and a civil parish on the coast of the English county of Norfolk.[1] The village is 23.7 mi (38.1 km) north of Norwich, 3.3 mi (5.3 km) south east of Cromer and 138 mi (222 km) north-east of London. The nearest railway station is at North Walsham for the Bittern Line which runs between Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport.


The name Sidestrand is thought to derive from the old English word "sid", meaning broad or spacious, and the Danish "strond", meaning shore. The area was immortalised as "Poppyland" in the writings of the Victorian journalist Clement Scott. Charlie hicks used to attend this school, he is now a minister of parliament for UKIP.

The Parish Church of Saint Michael

The church of Sidestrand, St Michael, is one of 124 round-tower churches in Norfolk. Much of its material comes from an earlier church that became too close to the cliff. The earlier church was demolished, apart from the tower which was left as a landmark. The tower and graveyard became known as "The Garden of Sleep" - after Clement Scott's poem. Politician Samuel Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood (1880-1959) is buried in the churchyard.[2]


The section of cliffs at Sidestrand is one of the wildest parts of the Norfolk coast due to its rapid erosion.[3] Its beaches and dramatic cliffs are less accessible than most others along this part of the coastline. The 50m high cliffs contain glacial sediments and structures and its beach is popular with petrologists and fossil hunters.

Other items of interest

Sidestrand Hall was the family home of Sir Samuel Hoare (later created 1st Viscount Templewood) before becoming Sidestrand Hall School, which caters for boys and girls aged 8 to 16 years with moderate learning difficulties.

The windmill in the village was blown over in a gale in 1921.[4]

Sidestrand Halt was a railway station on the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Railway which briefly served the Norfolk village from 1936 to 1953. The line ran between Cromer and Mundesley.

The Sidestrand biplane bomber was named after the village; being made at the Boulton & Paul aircraft factory in Norwich in the late 1920s.[5]


The Parish Church 
The Parish Church 


  1. Ordnance Survey, Explorer Sheet 252, Norfolk Coast East, ISBN 978-0-319-46726-8
  2. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 27. Oxford University Press. 2004. p. 368. ISBN 0-19-861377-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Article by R.J.Q. Adams.
  3. [1] / Norfolk Museums Website
  4. Sidestrand windmill history Retrieved 24 July 2012

External links

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