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Things to do: historic sites, beaches
Happisburgh ( is a mainly inland but coastal village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is focussed east of a north-south road, the B1159 from Bacton on the coast to Stalham and its nearest main town is North Walsham inland.Happisburgh became a site of national archaeological importance in 2010 when flint tools over 800,000 years old were unearthed. This is the oldest evidence of human occupation anywhere in the UK. In May 2013, a series of early human footprints were discovered on the beach at the site, providing direct evidence of early human activity at the site.The civil parish shrank by over 0.2 km² in the 20th century particularly before the construction of groynes along the north-west via the erosion of more of its beaches and low cliffs. In the 2001 census, before the creation of Walcott parish it had a population of 1,372 in 607 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish is in the district of North Norfolk.Local featuresSt Mary's churchIn 1086 the incoming Norman aristocracy had a simple church built on the site of the current tall stone one. It was demolished and rebuilt in the 15th century. The tower of St Mary's church is an important landmark to mariners warning of the position of the treacherous nearby sandbanks. In 1940 a German bomber released a trapped bomb from its bays during its return to Germany and the shrapnel from the bomb can still be seen embedded in the aisle pillars of the church. The church's octagonal font, also of the 15th century, is carved with figures of lions and satyrs.
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