East Anglia, Land of the Iceni Towns and Villages

Cromer, NorfolkCROMER, Norfolk
East Anglia Map Ref: E1

Market Day: Friday

It is hard to believe looking out to sea from the tower of Cromer church that out there lies the site of the village of Shipden. It perhaps brings home the fact that coastal errosion is not a new problem here on the Norfolk coast. During the middle ages the village of Shipden was washed away and Cromer became the sea-side village. The site of Shipden church is believed to lie some 400 metres out to sea from the end of the Cromer pier.

The stagecoach opened up the north coast to visitors and by the end of the 18th century Cromer had become a fashionable place, no doubt helped along by one of Jane Austen's characters in Emma refering to it as "the best of all sea-bathing places".
The opening of railway lines from Norwich and the Midlands in the 1890s marked a great expansion of the town with the grand hotels and houses that still dominate the sea views. By 1900 the esplanade and the pier completed the 'look' of the town we see today.

Cromer still retains its link with the sea. The boats lined up at the bottom of the Gangway still bring home 'Cromer crabs', considered the best crabs you can get; and on the Gangway itself the former lifeboat station is now the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum with displays on the life on Henry Blogg and the other brave men that risked their lives to save others, and the restored lifeboat H.F. Bailey.

The church with its 160 feet (49 metres) high steeple dominates the centre of the town. During the summer months you can climb the 172 steps for some breathtaking views.
Cromer Museum, in a group of fishermens cottages at the side of the church tells the story of the town and the fishermen.

There are some lovely walks along the clifftops, and there are still traditional summer shows on the pier.

Other points of interest:

Cromer Web Links:
Welcome to Cromer

Tourist Information Centre:
The Bus Station, Prince of Wales Road, Cromer, NR27 9HS
Phone 01263 512497
Looking out to sea from Cromer Church tower

High Street, Cromer

The Gangway and Lifeboat Museum, Cromer

Cromer Crabs

Cromer Curch

Towns & Villages

Copyright © Ken Ward 2004
Photographs Copyright © Ken Ward 2004 (unless otherwise stated)
Last Updated: 11 November 2004

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