Nelson's Village

About Burnham Thorpe

Burnham Thorpe is a beautiful little village nestling in the valley of the River Burn, near the coast of North Norfolk.  It had a population of 144 at the census in 2011 but the population has fallen slightly since then.  However, it is still lucky enough to have one of the highest rates of permanent occupancy of any village in the area (about 55%), and to have people of all ages.  In short, it is a small, mixed, modern and lively little community.


The village is most famous for being the birthplace of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, whose fleet defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar (21st October 1805).  This and other  victories have made Nelson one of Britain's greatest ever heroes.  His father, Edmund Nelson, was rector at the local church. The house where Nelson was born no longer exists, though The Parsonage that replaced it and All Saints Church, where Nelson's father preached, still stand.


The village's main public house was built in 1637 and was known as The Plough until 1807 when it was renamed The Lord Nelson. Sadly, the pub closed temporily on 13th September 2016. In 2019 it was bought by the Holkham Estate and is currently undergoing renovation and redevelopment. We hope to see it open again very soon!


The village has also managed to keep its spacious, rural and historical character - which many visitors tell us they love to see when they come to 'Nelson's Village'. The community is committed to maintaining the village as vibrant and sustainable - consistent with its history and its heritage.


Please come and visit us. There is a information display about Nelson in the church.


The village has: two working farms, a village hall, a plum orchard, a large bed & breakfast and camping site at Whitehall Farm, a thriving willow-fencing business, a design/print and website-building company, a  construction company,  a felt-maker, and a taxi company.