Castle Acre village is home to their very own castle, although now laid to ruin. It was built soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066 by William de Warenne who was given the land, and was to be a fine residence for himself and his family. His son and descendants laid out the town and founded the priory. The castle's defences were strengthened in the 12th century, turning it into a great tower and fortress. It had a large moat, a gatehouse, a large keep, which was converted into the main house and tower, a chapel, stables and houses. William de Warenne's descendants lived at the castle throughout the 13th century but by the Middle Ages the castle fell out of favour, was abandoned and left to ruin. The remains of it today are protected by the English Heritage and is one of the finest historical castle ruins in the country. It is a popular visitors spot in the quaint Norfolk village.
Leziate Sailing Club was a fine venue at the waters edge of Leziate park with outstanding views and an excellent reputation. It had a grand marquee-style function room with large windows and elegant drapes opening out onto a balcony with steps leading down to the beautiful wooded garden and lake. Overlooking the lake, the club hosted watersports and had two all-weather tennis courts, frequented by locals and visitors alike. Once a popular weddings and party venue, the club changed hands in 2012 and sadly went into administration in 2016 after suffering bad reviews and poor service. It was closed for good and left derelict for a couple of years until it was sadly ravaged by fire in the summer of 2018. The site now has planning permission for 7 new homes. I have fond memories of that place. My sister and her husband were the first couple to be married at the venue, we had work parties there, and the last time I was there I said a fond farewell to a dear work colleague who sadly passed away. Leziate Sailing Club has good memories for me as I'm sure it has for many other people who ever visited. It's sad to see it completely devastated, never to be seen again.
This church lays in ruins on the Royal Sandringham Estate in rural Norfolk. You can see it from the road travelling from Hillington towards Sandringham, sitting atop a hill. Once a bustling medieval settlement, all that remains is the round towered church. It dates back to Norman times, but possibly even earlier Saxon times. The village of Appleton was gradually abandoned during medieval times. The land was bought in 1602 which suggests that the village had disappeared in the early 17th century. The village had a tunnel, a cell, a holy well, a moat, a double moated hall and a manor house as well as substantial farmland.
Today it has protected status of a scheduled monument. It was recently tidied and cleared after suffering years of being overgrown and the ruins now sit tidily on the hill overlooking West Newton.