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WATCH: 18th century Norfolk farmhouse left dangling over a cliff edge

Spectacular photos and video taken today for CambsNews by Terry Harris

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It once enjoyed spectacular views but today this Norfolk farmhouse is abandoned and facing demolition after recent coastal erosion that has left it dangling over a cliff edge.

The owner has evacuated the ironically named Cliff Farm at Trimingham near Mundesley and contractors will move in shortly to demolish it before it falls into the sea.

Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls., Trimingham, Norwich Thursday 04 April 2024. Picture by Terry Harris

Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham Thursday 04 April 2024. Picture by Terry Harris

Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls., Trimingham, Norwich Thursday 04 April 2024. Picture by Terry Harris

Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham Thursday 04 April 2024 Picture by Terry Harris

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Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham Thursday 04 April 2024 Picture by Terry Harris

Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham Thursday 04 April 2024 Picture by Terry Harris

These spectacular photos were taken today for CambsNews by Terry Harris who also visited the farmhouse last year and has witnessed at first hand the rapid erosion.

The isolated beach which the house overlooks is difficult to reach and is popular with dog walkers and anglers, but recent landslides has made even that a less attractive proposition.

Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham Thursday 04 April 2024 Picture by Terry Harris

Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham Thursday 04 April 2024 Picture by Terry Harris

Cliff Farm dates back to the 18th century and was bought five years ago at auction for £132,000.

The new owner’s tenure has been brief, with North Norfolk District Council confirming it will soon be demolishing the property.

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Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls., Trimingham, Norwich Thursday 04 April 2024. Picture by Terry Harris

Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham Thursday 04 April 2024. Picture by Terry Harris

Recent heavy rainfall has increased erosion in the soft cliffs at Trimingham and there have been frequent landslides over the last few months.

Shocking photos taken today (Thurs) show a three-bedroom house hanging perilously over a cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham Thursday 04 April 2024 Picture by Terry Harris

FLASHBACK: Houses perilously close to cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham Saturday 28 October 2023. Picture by Terry Harris.

Four years ago, in January 2020, a large part of the cliff eroded near Trimingham House Caravan Park, with tonnes of sand and silt falling onto the beach.

Trimingham Parish Council plans to use drones to plant seeds along the cliffs in a bid to naturally bind them together and slow down the rate of erosion threatening the village.

FLASHBACK: Houses perilously close to cliff edge on the north Norfolk coast after a surge of recent cliff falls. Trimingham, Saturday 28 October 2023. Picture by Terry Harris.

They have also been trying to use pipes to drain water out of the cliffs.

Beachguide website points out that “the high cliffs at Trimingham are composed of some of the youngest chalk in the United Kingdom and are well known as a spot for fossil hunting and collecting shells.

“The cliffs at Trimingham suffer from quite extreme coastal erosion and a number of sea defences have been erected to help reduce this.

“None-the-less it is advised not to set up too close to the cliffside”.

 

 

 

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