Just 600 years ago, visitors to Cromer would have had to carry their buckets and spades a lot further to get to the beach. The town, then known as Crowsmere, was a lot further inland, though the countryside and villages that separated it from the sea have long since washed away.
Local lifeboatman Henry Blogg was the RNLI’s most decorated lifesaver. During his 53 years in service, he saved an incredible 873 people from the North Sea.
Artists and writers have been coming to Norfolk for years to relax, get inspired and create their masterpieces. One of the most famous works inspired by the region started life right here in Cromer when Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle heard the local legend of Black Shuck. This story about a dog like creature that haunted the local countryside became the inspiration for the legendary thriller The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The Cromer Shoal Chalk Bed, which lies just off the coast, is thought to be the largest chalk reef in Europe. It’s recently been designated a Marine Conservation Zone.
The largest and best preserved mammoth skeleton ever discovered was found at the Runtons. More fossils are found on Cromer’s beaches all the time, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled when you’re out and about.
Cromer Pier won Pier of the Year in 2015.
End of the Pier shows was once common in the UK’s seaside resorts. However, they’ve disappeared over the last few decades, leaving Cromer home to the last end of the pier show in Europe.
James Dyson, one of the UK’s most famous inventors, was born in Cromer.
Cromer gained popularity as a destination in the 19th century thanks to the number of high profile visitors that holidayed in the town. The most famous was King Edward VII who enjoyed playing golf on the courses around Cromer.
In 1883, journalist Clement Scott visited Cromer and wrote about the area. He named the stretch of coast between Overstrand and Sidestrand ‘Poppyland’ because of the number of flowers that lined the local railway.