Living in Norfolk
If you like the idea of a new home by the sea, Norfolk could the place to buy your next house.
Not that the entire county is coastal but as the birthplace of Admiral Lord Nelson, Norfolk is closely linked with the sea. It is intrinsic to life in North Norfolk and the land in the West of the county was reclaimed from the sea to form part of the Fens, some of the richest agricultural land in England. A low-lying county, Norfolk has the wetlands of the Broads in its eastern part - a series of river and lakes extending into Suffolk which is protected by the Broads Authority and enjoys status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Rich in quaint market towns and picturesque villages, with several well-known seaside resorts, the county has something for everyone looking for a new home.
House prices in Norfolk*
Norfolk has a range of houses prices that will suit the budgets of most people looking for a new home. The average price of a house in Norfolk is around £243,000. A detached house in the county will cost you about £313,000 while a semi-detached property will set you back around £219,000, on average. The average price for terraced houses in Norfolk is about £184,000.
As you would expect, prices for a new home in Norfolk vary depending on location. A house in Norwich costs on average around £271,000 while a home in a market town such as Downham Market is priced at slightly more modest average of about £238,000. A home on the coast would cost around £295,000 on average.
*Housing marketing statistics taken from Zoopla in April 2018.
Things to do and see in Norfolk
Anyone looking for a new home in Norfolk will be spoilt for choice when it comes to keeping the family entertained.
Firstly, there are the seaside resorts. They cater for anything from the brash summer season entertainment of Hunstanton or Great Yarmouth, to the more sedate atmosphere of Wells-next-the- Sea and Cromer – well known for its crabs and the pier. The famous Cromer Pier Show at the Pavilion Theatre is the last in-house end-of- the-pier show in England. Theatre lovers can get their fix at any number of other theatres around the county in Hunstanton, Norwich, Sheringham, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.
If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking at wildlife, there are several RSPB reserves in Norfolk including Blakeney Point, Brancaster Staithe, Cley Marshes and Hickling Broad. The Norfolk Broads also offers plenty of opportunities for angling and boating. Thetford Forest, the largest man-made forest in lowland Britain, also offers a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy.
There are many excellent quality pubs and restaurants around North Norfolk. The market towns and villages all boast a range of amenities including a wide variety of independent shops and boutiques.
The county town of Norwich is a rich venue for culture, entertainment and sport. There are theatres, museums and cinemas. The usual national leisure brands as well as independent bars, restaurants and nightclubs are available. There are also shopping malls, national chains and a variety of independent shops as well as regular markets.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy Championship football at Norwich City and there are many clubs around Norfolk for a range of sports activities including football, hockey, rugby, yachting and other water sports.
Transport in Norfolk
There are four main trunk roads that connect Norfolk with the rest of the country. The A11 links Norfolk with Cambridge and London via the M11. The A47 connects the county with the East Midlands and Birmingham via Peterborough, while the A17 links Norfolk with the Midlands and beyond via Lincolnshire. The A10 starts at Kings Lynn and is a direct link between West Norfolk and London via Ely and Cambridge. Norfolk’s train services are provided by Greater Anglia and link Kings Lynn, Norwich and Great Yarmouth direct to London Liverpool Street.
There are also regular bus services linking smaller market towns and villages with the major towns and cities.
Education in Norfolk
There is a wide range of education options for families looking for a new home in Norfolk. There are many excellent schools, in both the independent and state sectors, at primary and secondary level. Further and higher education options are also available.
The University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Norwich University of the Arts are both based in Norwich and the University Campus of Suffolk has a location in Great Yarmouth. There are colleges of further education in Norwich and Kings Lynn, and an agricultural college near Norwich affiliated to the UEA.
Health services and amenities in Norfolk
Healthcare in Norfolk is the responsibility of clinical commissioning groups in Great Yarmouth & Waveney, Norwich, North Norfolk, and South Norfolk. Social care is the responsibility of Norfolk County Council.
There are 92 GP practices in the county. Out-of- hours services are provided by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Acute care is delivered at The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in Norwich, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn and The James Padget Hospital in Great Yarmouth.
According to the latest government data, life expectancy in Norfolk is better than the UK average and deaths from cardio vascular problems, smoking and cancer are all lower than the national average.
Norfolk police has 1,485 police officers and police community support officers delivering frontline policing to Norfolk’s 832,000 inhabitants across 2,073 square miles. There are 49 police neighbourhoods in the county with 16 main police stations.
The total number of reported crimes in the county is declining in line with the national average.
A brief history of Norfolk
Norfolk was settled in pre-Roman times and was inhabited by the Brythonic and Iceni tribes from the 1 st century BC. Following the Roman invasion, the Iceni revolted twice. The second revolt in 60 AD, famously led by Boudicca, was eventually crushed, opening the county to full occupation.
Norfolk was invaded by both Saxons and Angles, who took control of the region before later merging with the Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and then Wessex.
In the 9th century the region came under attack from Danes who killed the king, Edmund the Martyr. In the centuries before the Norman Conquest the wetlands of the east of the county began to be converted to farmland, and settlements grew in these areas. By the time of the Domesday survey it was one of the most densely populated parts of the British Isles.
Through the Middle Ages Norfolk became a prosperous county thanks in main to the wool trade until the population was decimated by plague epidemics, from which it never fully recovered. Parliamentarian during the English Civil War, Norfolk’s agricultural economy declined but little new industry was developed in the Industrial Revolution except in Norwich.
Although mainly an arable agricultural county Norfolk also had large North Sea fishing fleets at Felixstowe and Lowestoft. Weaving was a significant industry in the county between the 14 th and 17 th centuries.
In the 20 th century Norfolk had a role in aviation and had many airfields built during the First and Second World Wars. Both the RAF and the USAAF 8 th Air Force had bases in the county.
The modern economy of Norfolk is dominated by agriculture and tourism. Food manufacturing is an important industry in the county.
A Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been established by business leaders to help grow jobs across Norfolk. The LEP has secured an enterprise zone to help grow businesses in the energy sector and established Norfolk as a centre for services and products for the green economy. These new sectors of commerce are providing opportunities for anyone considering a new home in Norfolk.
Current developments in Norfolk coming soon.