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The local area guide to living in Sandringham

Sandringham is a small village in the county of Norfolk, England. With a tiny population of 437, it is still well-known as the site of Sandringham House, a royal country house, and is, in fact, part of the estate. It is also known as the birthplace of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Located within the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sandringham is pretty, tranquil and conveniently located - 37 miles from Norwich, 7.5 miles north of King's Lynn, and 1.2 miles south of Dersingham.

The house for which the village is known is a Grade 2 listed country house on a 20,000-acre estate. It is owned by Queen Elizabeth II, with the original hall dating back to 1771. It has been a private home for four generations of the British Royal Family. A site of personal significance to Queen Elizabeth, it is where she returns every year on the anniversary of her father's death.

It has been open to the public since 1977, and has a museum on-site with displays of royal life and histories of the estate. What's more, around 600 acres of the beautiful grounds are designated as a park/garden for visitors to explore.

Sandringham also offers wonderful opportunities for walking and cycling through the wooded countryside, which is replete with a large variety of native birds and other wildlife.

Information about the local residents

Sandringham has exceptionally low unemployment. The percentage stands at 2.9%, according to the 2011 census, due to the large number of retired residents and the fact that a considerable proportion of locals work for the Sandringham Estate.

The residents are largely in great health, with 82% of residents reporting themselves as being in ‘very good’ or ‘good’ health. The people of Sandringham are also slightly older, at 43.5 years, than the average age of 39 in the rest of England.

Although the population is generally older than other areas of England, with a fair portion over the age of 45, 20.6% of households have dependent children and most own their own home.

In addition, the 16th century Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene is a place of great historical interest, and has been regularly attended by many royals over the decades. It is maintained by local people and is well worth a visit.

Nearby Dersingham has a population of over 4,600 and has a fantastic community spirit. For social opportunities and activities, it offers more than Sandringham and is only a mile away.

Nearby schools

Sandringham is a good option for those looking to raise children. The beautiful countryside and warm community spirit offers a wonderful place for children to grow up.

The Sandringham village school is a wonderful place for young children to learn, and the surrounding villages and towns offer much more. King’s Lynn, for instance, has plenty of primary and secondary schools, and is only a short drive away.

Getting around

As small as it is, Sandringham does not have its own railway station. Nearby Dersingham used to, but like so many other minor stations it was closed in the 1960s. The nearest station is in King’s Lynn, which offers fantastic connections all over the UK. To get to King’s Lynn, residents of Sandringham can enjoy a regular bus service or drive there via the A148.

Local shops

Sandringham itself does not have much to offer for a committed shopper, although Dersingham is just a mile away and has much more. It offers a Post Office, two supermarkets, a florist, a garden centre, a cobbler, a butchers, a newsagent and a soft furnishings outlet. It also has a chemist, dentist, a hair and beauty salon, and even a chiropractor.

Kings Lynn, just a short drive or bus ride away, has plenty of High Street brands and smaller boutique shops. It has everything from Accessorize to HMV, to Argos and much more.


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