10 things you probably didn't know about Cromer
PUBLISHED: 10:47 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:16 24 November 2017
Archant Norfolk 2017
Ten facts you might not know about Cromer - the 'gem' of the North Norfolk coast.
1. Cromer is mentioned in the works of Daniel Defoe and Jane Austen, and Cromer Hall helped inspire Sir Authur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.
2. It is now famous as a seaside resort, but in the Middle Ages Cromer was actually inland. The nearest coastal town was Shipden, which has since been lost to the sea (see video).
3. The bell tower of Cromer’s Church of St Peter and St Paul is, at 160ft 4ins, the highest of any church in Norfolk. The medieval church was rebuilt in the 19th century.
4. Cromer was bombed in the Second World War, claiming 11 lives. German planes dropped four bombs on the town centre on July 22, 1942, causing significant damage.
5. Cromer has recently been named in the UK’s top 15 family holiday destinations by HolidayLettings.co.uk, a TripAdvisor company.
6. The Cromerian Stage – a geological period around 500,000 years ago – is named after the town. The shoreline around Cromer is known as a fossil-hunter’s paradise.
7. Cromer’s end-of-pier variety show – once a staple of seaside resorts – is now the only one of its kind in the world. The show is hosted by Norwich-based entertainer Olly Day.
8. One of Cromer’s most famous sons was the RNLI’s most decorated lifeboatman, Henry Blogg, who saved 873 lives from the North Sea over a 53-year career.
9. The area around Cromer was nicknamed Poppyland by Victorian journalist Clement Scott, after he was awestruck by the thousands of poppies that grew in the meadows.
10. More than 50 boats used to put out regularly to gather the famous crabs but only a few vessels are still in the trade today. The crabs are famous for their plump, sweet meat.