|This interesting fishing
port was transformed into a holiday resort in
century after it was unwittingly popularised
by wealthy landlubbers from places like
Norwich. A little later the journalist Clement
Scott described the area as ‘poppyland’.
The local lifeboat museum adds atmosphere and provides plenty of evidence of sea-going interest. Outside is a statue of Cromer’s real-life local hero, Henry Blogg, who won three RLNI gold medals, equivalent to the Victoria Cross.
The town’s fascinating museum is contained within five old cottages and stages exhibitions on topics such as natural history and local geology. The Church of St Peter and St Paul has a magnificent 160ft tower, the tallest in Norfolk.
At Beacon Hill are 70 acres of iron workings dating from Saxon times while, at low tide, a large ‘rock’ sometimes pokes its head out of the sea in the bay. It represents the remains of the neighbouring village of Shipden, which slipped under the waves in the 14th century. Not far from Cromer stands Felbrigg Hall near the small village of Felbrigg.
The Jacobean mansion was built in the 17th century and its beautiful estate landscaped by Humphrey Repton. Now a National Trust property, it has fine paintings, a stunning library and walled gardens.