Langham lies on the north Norfolk coast - a few miles
inland from Blakeney.
Captain Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) - the nautical
novelist - lived and farmed in Langham. He is buried in
Grave of Captain Marryat
Marrayat had a successful career in
the navy - rising to become Captain of HMS
Ariadane in 1828. At about this time he started to write
novels reflecting his life on board ship including:
The Naval Officer (1829), The King's Own
(1830) and Mr Midshipman Easy (1836). Due to the
success of these novels (and an inheritance from his
father) he resigned his commission to concentrate on his
Captain Frederick Marryat
He apparently obtained the estate at Langham by
swapping it for his home in Hammersmith. However,
Marrayat was not suited to farming and he eventually
tried to re-enter the navy but was unsuccessful.
Today, he is best remembered for his children's stories
- which were writtten at Langham and include:
Children of the New Forest (1847) and
Settlers in Canada (1844).
Langham Airfield was used to film some of the scenes in