From Kings Lynn we drove to Cromer, stopping at Burnham Thorpe for a couple of hours. Burnam Thorpe is where Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson was born and brought up. We had coffee in his local pub, which in his day was named ‘The Plough’.
In cricket, a score of 111 is known as ‘nelson’, and is thought to refer to Lord Nelson’s lost eye, arm and leg (but Nelson actually had both of his legs intact, the third missing body part is mythical). That score is supposed to be unlucky, so Umpire David Shepherd made popular the practice of raising a leg or legs from the ground on Nelson in an effort to avoid bad luck. The crowd loved it.
Burnham Thorpe is well worth a visit. Though now completely inland, the tidal sea estuary used to reach the village until the 1400s.