Eccles-on-Sea is 22 miles south of Cromer, Norfolk, in Britain. It lies behind a range of big sand dunes and a sea wall protecting it from the North Sea. Eccles-on Sea was recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1066 as a thriving farming community of some 2000 acres. In its time also a noted fishing town. Eccles-on-Sea has been prone to flooding and In 1604 the church of St Mary’s at Eccles-on-Sea was badly damaged in a storm and stood until 1895; it suffered various storms until the North Sea storms finally demolished the remaining tower. Remnants of the tower was visible when the tide was out but now totally gone. This stretch of coast is continually under threat from the sea today.
In 1953 the greatest storm surge on record for the North Sea occurred on 31 January and 1 February. Along the eastern of England coast the sea broke through sea defences and 307 hundreds lives were lost. 24000 houses damaged, 180000 acres flooded.

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As a result of this storm an 8 mile sea wall was started running from Sea Palling to Cart Gap just to the north of Eccles, finished in1959. The sand dunes planted with Marram grass and are forbidden to walk on. This area is under environment agency but to the north of Eccles is Happisburgh whose coast line is under the protection of the local council. The coasl cliffs have suffered enormous erosion to the extant properties are falling in to the sea. 20 years ago the church at Happisburgh (Evidence has been found of the earliest humans in Northern Europe in Happisburgh, 800,000 years ago) was a mile away from the sea today 200 yards. The groynes there were not repaired which did offer substantial protection. I believe recently work has begun on protection in the form of giant boulders

Eccles-on-Sea was recently saved from proposed policy natural sea reclamation.

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Eccles-on-Sea, some say should be called Eccles-in-the-Sea, as today all that remains is the Bush Estate a collection of 200 or so chalets and bungalows in various state of repair from the the abandoned to the pristine. Before the 2nd world war there was a small holiday camp with one a shared well and no electricity or main drainage. The RAF was also sited there and the beaches mined with the possibility of Nazi invasion from 1940 onwards