A suffragette who threw herself in front of the King’s horse, a female lighthouse keeper and a fossil collector are all to be honoured in a series of blue plaques. 

Cromer Town Council will unveil three plaques to pay tribute to notable former residents, bringing the total number in the town to 12.

Plaques will be installed near Cromer Lighthouse in memory of Mary Field, in Church Street for Alfred Savin, and at Halsey House Residential Home for suffragette Emily Davison. 

North Norfolk News: Cromer Lighthouse, pictured around 1890Cromer Lighthouse, pictured around 1890 (Image: Supplied)Peter Stibbons, chair of the Friends of Cromer Museum and co-ordinator for the town’s blue plaques scheme, said: "These plaques were originally intended for when we were remembering the centenary of women's suffrage, but the pandemic caused a delay in their installation. 

“Information sheets are available at Cromer Museum for those who would like to explore further and there'll be a blue plaques walk soon.

“Emily Davison's link is perhaps somewhat tenuous but when the Norfolk authority on the suffragette movement brought it to our attention.”

North Norfolk News: Peter StibbonsPeter Stibbons (Image: Newsquest)Emily Davison worked as a governess at Halsey House - then called Red House - at the turn of the 20th Century. She later became a militant suffragette and died after throwing herself in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913. 

Mary Field, together with her brother Ellis, moved into the lighthouse in 1837, and for more than 30 years kept it running, which involved trimming the wicks of the lamps every three hours through the night. 

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Alfred Savin, who lived 1860-1948, built up an extensive collection of fossils and geological remains.

He wrote guides on the Cromer area’s geology, and on the modern history of the town. His collection is now held at the Natural History Museum in London.

The plaques will be unveiled on Wednesday, September 20.