Guesthouse Norfolk

Out & About around Norfolk

Downham Market - 2.5 miles - railway station

Kings Lynn - 14 m

Ely - 15m - railway station

Wisbech - 15m

Swaffhan - 16m

Fakenham - 23m

Thetford - 25m

Newmarket - 25m

Hunstanton - 26m

Cambridge - 30m - railway station

Peterborough – 35m - railway station

Norwich - 40m - railway station

Stanstead Airport - 60m

Norwich Airport - 40m


Part of England's Heritage
In 1852 Higay Parish had just over 1700 inhabitants in 395 houses. Mr WL Jones and Mrs Peel were owners of the 7,583 acres of land on which Hilgay stood, half of which was fen. The 200 allotments covering 102 acres are supposed to have been awarded in the reign of Charles II for use by the poor.

Many trades were present then including doctor, baker and blacksmith and farrier. Six pubs and four beer houses gave a focus for village life. George Whittome's millwright business was started during the late 1800's; his family also owned one of the two windmills in Hilgay which blew down during a gale in the 1920's.

When King Charles was on the run from the Roundheads in 1646 a change of horse and clothing was provided in Hilgay.

The River Wissey, which runs beside the Hotel, has always helped with the draining of the Fenlands. It was used mainly in the 20th Century to transport sugar beet upstream to a sugar processing factory at Wissington. This trade ceased in 1950. Now used for pleasure boating and canoeing, moorings are available alongside the Hotel.

Around 1911 Bridge Street was nothing but a dirt track and the hotel, then a farmhouse. It became the Cross Keys Hotel in around 1982.

Downham Market

The ancient saxon town of Downham Market is a delightful place to visit and is one of Norfolk's oldest market towns. Considered by many to be the gateway to the Fens, and with a network of waterways close by plus lots to see and do in the town and surrounding area.

Kings Lynn

King’s Lynn is a busy and friendly town situated on the eastern side of Britain in the county of Norfolk.

King’s Lynn enjoys the best of both worlds – a modern vibrant commercial centre set in a town steeped in history. The town is the major focus of an extensive area of West Norfolk serving numerous small villages making up a total population of nearly 140,000 people.


Bridge Street,
Nr. Downham Market,
PE38 0LD

01366 387777