Martham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk and within the Broads National Park. It is situated some nine miles north-west of the town of Great Yarmouth and nineteen miles north-east of the city of Norwich. The village has several Georgian houses, a large village green, covering three areas of greensward and two duck ponds. The Saxons settled in Martham around AD601 and gave the village its name, "the ham of the martens", the home of the polecats. (Wikipedia)
We arrived in Martham on the last day of its May fair. Because of this the village was very busy and there was lots of fun stuff going on. But we were there to go walking and as soon as we found somewhere to park we headed out of the village as quickly as possible to find solitude in the surrounding countryside.
Martham Parish Staithe
Sail boat on the River Thurne
I have two favourite breeds of birds - the common sparrow and geese (but not Canada geese which are just pests). I can't remember having seen any sparrows since we've been here but there are an awful lot of greylag geese around.
West Somerton Staithe
Somerton is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It comprises the twin villages of East Somerton and West Somerton. In the churchyard is the grave of Robert Hales, the Norfolk Giant. He was born in the village in 1820 and one of nine children. Eventually reaching 7 feet 8 inches and over 32 stone (450 lb), he worked in the circus world, met Queen Victoria and retired to a pub in London. As his health worsened he returned to Norfolk, where he died in 1863. (Wikipedia)
The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Martham
Known by some on account of its size as the 'Cathedral of the Fleggs', St Mary's at Martham dominates the local landscape with a 98 foot tower. The present church was started in 1377 and has a fine seven sacrament font. There is some 15th century glass in the east windows of the north and south aisles. Among the poppy head pews may be seen the Medieval green man. The Victorians doubled the number of angels in the hammer beam roof, ten carry musical intruments and twelve have instruments of the passion.