14 Facts About Cromer


Cromer is a coastal town and civil parish on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk.

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The place-name 'Cromer' is first found in a will of 1262 and could mean 'Crows' mere or lake'.

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Cromer became a resort in the early 19th century, with some of the rich Norwich banking families making it their summer home.

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Cromer named the stretch of coastline, particularly the Overstrand and Sidestrand area, "Poppyland", and the combination of the railway and his writing in the national press brought many visitors.

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Cromer suffered several bombing raids during the Second World War.

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Shortly after one raid, Cromer featured as the location for an episode of An American In England, written by Norman Corwin with the narrator staying in the Red Lion Hotel and retelling several local accounts of life in the town at wartime.

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Cromer Museum opened in 1978 and is housed in a former fisherman's cottage adjacent to the parish church on Church Street.

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Cromer stands between stretches of coastal cliffs which, to the east, are up to 70 metres high.

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Cromer Lighthouse stands on the cliffs to the east of the town.

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Cromer Hall is located to the south of the town in Hall Road.

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Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer was born at the hall in 1841.

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Ten years later, a second station, Cromer Beach, was opened by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, bringing visitors from the East Midlands.

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The closed Cromer tunnel linked the Beach station with the Mundesley line to the east.

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Cromer's needed bodily strengthening and bracing as well as rest.

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