The North Norfolk coastal towns of Sheringham and Cromer, roughly four miles apart, were both small fishing villages until developed in the 19th century. Cromer was a fashionable resort in the early 19th century and the arrival of the railways spurred growth in neighbouring Sheringham. Both towns are still popular with visitors today to this stretch of North Norfolk romantically nicknamed `Poppyland' by the Victorians. In this book author Lorna Talbott delves into the history of Cromer and Sheringham. Part of mediaeval Cromer now lies under the sea and the remains of its church became a shipping hazard in later centuries. The history of both towns is intertwined with the fishing industry, particularly for crabs, but industries such as lime burning and brick-making left their mark on the local landscape and other less legal trades such as smuggling were also practised. Throughout their history sea-rescue were vital to Sheringham and Cromer and many in the town served in the often perilous work of the lifeboats. The leisure industry also grew as the towns became popular with visitor and at one time were promoted as spa towns. The Victorians built grand hotels as well as started the caravan trade. The first pier in Cromer's history was built in the 14th century but today's pier has seen a fascinating roll call of entertainers over the years. War also left its mark on Cromer and Sheringham, sea defences were built and the towns suffered aerial bombardment in World War 1 and 2. Secret Cromer and Sheringham explores the less well-known episodes and characters in the history of these towns through the centuries. With tales of remarkable characters and unusual events, fully illustrated with photography, it will appeal to all those with an interest in the history in this part of North Norfolk.
Product code: BYJLL
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Dimensions: 16.6cm x 23.4cm
Publish date: 15/07/2019
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