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Beeston Beck

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Location type: River
Location address: United Kingdom, North Norfolk
Number of texts: 1
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This small short Beck rises from series of springs that feed into it at the northern end of Sheringham Wood. These springs are at the base of a valley below Pretty Corner and from this point the land becomes low lying. In the valley is Beeston Regis Common and the smaller Sheringham Common. These commons, being spring-fed wetlands, are classed as lowland valley fens and are part of the North Norfolk Special Area of Conservation (SAC), they are also Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in their own right. The important plant communities that exist have chalk and acid-loving plants growing within centimetres of each other. The beck runs across the common southwards. The Beck is sometimes thought to mark the border between the parishes of Sheringham on the west bank and Beeston Regis on the East bank, but in fact the whole of Beeston Common and Back Common lie within the parish boundary of Sheringham. The beck then runs along the western edge of the common alongside Brook Lane and at the end crosses under the A149 coast road. The beck now runs through the south eastern suburb of Sheringham known locally as the Back Common. The beck flows alongside Curtis Lane and under the Bittern Line, Sheringham to Cromer railway line. Just on the otherside of the railway bridge it is joined by a tributary from the east, which runs from the direction of Church Lane and Beeston Regis Priory. The Beck now turns westwards and cuts across the bottom edge of allotments and then turns eastward around the back of Beeston Road. At this point Beeston Beck once was the supply for a watermill.

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