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Burnham Thorpe is a small village and civil parish on the River Burn and near the coast of Norfolk, England. It is famous for being the birthplace of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, victor at the Battle of Trafalgar and one of Britain's greatest heroes. At the time of his birth, Nelson's father, Edmund Nelson, was rector of the church in Burnham Thorpe.[2]

Burnham Thorpe
All Saints, Burnham Thorpe
Burnham Thorpe is located in Norfolk
Burnham Thorpe
Burnham Thorpe
Location within Norfolk
Area9.56 km2 (3.69 sq mi)
Population144 (2011)[1]
• Density15/km2 (39/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF855412
Civil parish
  • Burnham Thorpe
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKING'S LYNN
Postcode districtPE31
Dialling code01328
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°56′10″N 0°45′36″E / 52.936°N 0.760°E / 52.936; 0.760Coordinates: 52°56′10″N 0°45′36″E / 52.936°N 0.760°E / 52.936; 0.760

The house in which Nelson was born was demolished soon after his father's death, though the rectory that replaced it and the church at which his father preached can still be seen. The site of the former rectory is marked by a roadside plaque.[3]

The village's main public house was built in 1637 and was known as The Plough until 1798 when it was renamed The Lord Nelson in honour of the victory at the Battle of the Nile. Nelson held a dinner here for the men of the village prior to his departure to join HMS Agamemnon. The pub survives to this day.

Burnhamthorpe Road in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada was named after this settlement.[4]

Famous people from or associated with Burnham ThorpeEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  2. ^ All Saints
  3. ^ "Burnham Thorpe". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.
  4. ^ Burnhamthorpe, Dixie, Summerville

External linksEdit

  Media related to Burnham Thorpe at Wikimedia Commons