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Galleries: Burnham Market, Norfolk

I have been to the seven Burnhams several times on commissions for house histories. This area is rich in history and holds a great number of interesting buildings. Burnham Market is part of a group of small villages in north Norfolk, known as "the Burnhams". Burnham Market is the largest of the group, which comprises Burnham Thorpe, Deepdale, Norton, Sutton, Ulph and Westgate.

There are many interesting buildings in the Burnhams. These include the post medieval Satchell's Foundry House which has an unusual cast iron decoration, made in a foundry in Burnham Market in the early nineteenth century. Forge House, Lion Cottage and Clare House all date from the early sixteenth century, with Forge House and Clare House both having excellent examples of early sixteenth century ceilings.

The area around the Burnhams has been settled since Neolithic times, and artefacts from the Bronze Age and Iron Age have also been found although there is not enough evidence to confirm that occupation has been continuous. In the Domesday Book the lord is named as Hugh de Montfort. He had been granted the lands formerly held by the Saxon thegn Bondi. Burnham Market became and continued to be an important centre for trade over the centuries, linking nearby coastal ports with other towns and villages inland.

The green in Burnham Market is lined with Georgian houses. Traces remain within the park of the previous landscape, including a complex series of crop marks that may be the remains of a late medieval field system, as well as other medieval and post medieval features. Opposite what is now Burnham Market primary school there was a White Friars (Carmelites) monastery.