Location
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Cromer is situated on the North Norfolk coast and is a 2½ to 3 hour journey from London.
For many centuries Cromer was little more than a small port and fishing village, but the town owes much of its dignified appearance to its development as a fashionable Seaside resort in the 19th century. A number of wealthy families came here for the bathing, fresh-air and scenery. Lodgings and bathing machines were available and even in hot and cold sea water baths. But the mood was always restrained and sober; brash entertainments were strictly avoided.
In the late 19th century a combination of the arrival of the railways, two big sales of land and Clement Scott’s writings about the Cromer area (which he called “Poppyland”) led to a wider popularity and began a new phase of building and prosperity. The fashionable members of society were drawn away in the 1920s by easier transport to warmer beaches, but they left a legacy of hotels and boarding houses, pier and promenade which with the humble fishermen’s cottages clustered around the massive church give Cromer its unique character.
As most people are aware today Cromer is world famous for its crabs and has a thriving fishing community (and one of the best fishmongers on the North Norfolk coast)!
East beach (which is the beach directly opposite the house) is worth walking out to at low tide to enjoy one of the best views and one of the most painted and photographed views in Norfolk, with its picturesque roofs almost seeming to tumble down the cliff to the sea. Dominating the entire scene, the architectural gem of Cromer the magnificent church.
Local Amenities
Cromer has all the necessary shops and supermarkets i.e. Morrisons, Budgens, Boots and Woolworths and delis’ all within walking distance. Recently, there has been a proliferation of art galleries opening in Cromer for local as well as national artists. There has been and continues to be a great support for all the exhibitions and installations that go on around the town.