Happisburgh; A village where the sea will have the final word

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

In the first of an occasional series of Picture Essays, photographer Ian Burt captures one of the most famous examples of Norfolk's restless coat: Happisburgh.

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Anyone who has visited this lovely village and its beach over the course of even a few years will know of the often astonishing pace of erosion.

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The disappearing coastline has also revealed some remarkable archaeological finds in its wake, most notably a set of 800,000-year-old footprints and the famous Happisburgh handaxe.

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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