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Nostalgic East: Fun and frolics through the years in two gorgeous seaside towns

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:03 27 March 2019

Cromer Carnival's Bonny Baby Show, 31 July 1964. Photo: Archant Library

Cromer Carnival's Bonny Baby Show, 31 July 1964. Photo: Archant Library

They’re two of Norfolk’s favourite towns, and as part of a Nostalgic East series running in the Eastern Daily Press, REBECCA MACNAUGHTON looks back at days gone by in Sheringham and Cromer.

Holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine in Cromer. 15 August 1969. Photo: Archant LibraryHolidaymakers enjoying the sunshine in Cromer. 15 August 1969. Photo: Archant Library

At the top of the Norfolk coast are two of the country’s favourite seaside towns, famous for fabulous beaches, pretty cottages, crabs, fish and fantastic festivals.

Cromer prospered as a fishing village and port about 600 years ago, with its prestigious and large parish church a good indication of its wealth in the medieval period. It declined somewhat until the late Georgian period, when it became the sea spa destination of choice for well to do families. Later the seafront was revamped with new promenades perfect for enjoying the sea views, and a pier built between 1899 and 1901.

Sheringham has long been a farming and fishing community and by 1850 there were more than 100 boats setting out almost daily to catch mainly lobsters and crabs. When the railway arrived in 1887 Sheringham’s fame spread as that morning’s catch could be in London four hours later. Soon middle class Londoners discovered the town at the end of the line and rented local cottages for the summer, beginning the boom in second home owners and tourism.

Among our selection of archive photographs of Cromer you’ll see a fantastic shot of people enjoying the beach from the late 60s, as well as an aerial shot showing the cliffs.

The 1984 Cromer Town Hall facade with the row of coats and arms. Picture: Archant libraryThe 1984 Cromer Town Hall facade with the row of coats and arms. Picture: Archant library

Our pictures for Sheringham show the £2.5 million Splash centre being enjoyed in the 90s as well as the town’s railway lines in the 60s.

Did you know?

Norfolk’s (and in fact East Anglia’s) highest point, known as Beacon Hill, is located between Sheringham and Cromer.

MORE: Nostalgic East: Winding back the clock on another north Norfolk town.

Aerial view of Cromer. Picture: Archant ArchiveAerial view of Cromer. Picture: Archant Archive

Cycling in Cromer in 1980. Photo: Archant LibraryCycling in Cromer in 1980. Photo: Archant Library

Church Street in 1979. Picture: Archant LibraryChurch Street in 1979. Picture: Archant Library

Fancy dress at Cromer Carnival in 1982. Photo: Archant LibraryFancy dress at Cromer Carnival in 1982. Photo: Archant Library

Paper boat race at North Lodge Park in Cromer , 31 July 1979. Photo: Archant LibraryPaper boat race at North Lodge Park in Cromer , 31 July 1979. Photo: Archant Library

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Mr. H.E. West's shop sign at Sheringham.

Dated  21 January 1969

Photograph  C7923Places - S Mr. H.E. West's shop sign at Sheringham. Dated 21 January 1969 Photograph C7923

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Transport  -  Trains

Spectators have turned up at Sheringham to see two steam locomotives. In the foreground, the boiler front is marked GER and underneath, Miss Sheringham. The second engine appears to have the number 6672 on its side.

Dated  June 1967

Photograph  C7907
Published in EDP Places - S Transport - Trains Spectators have turned up at Sheringham to see two steam locomotives. In the foreground, the boiler front is marked GER and underneath, Miss Sheringham. The second engine appears to have the number 6672 on its side. Dated June 1967 Photograph C7907 Published in EDP "Down Memory Lane" 21 August 2003

Transport  -  Trains

The 34-ton saddle tank locomotive, a new arrival for the M & G.N. (Midland and Great Northern) Joint Railway Society at Sheringham, takes to the rails soon after arrival by road.

Dated  15 April 1969

Photograph  C10122
Transport - Trains The 34-ton saddle tank locomotive, a new arrival for the M & G.N. (Midland and Great Northern) Joint Railway Society at Sheringham, takes to the rails soon after arrival by road. Dated 15 April 1969 Photograph C10122

Thomas the Tank Engine on the North Norfolk Railway line at Sheringham Station, October 1991. Picture: Archant LibraryThomas the Tank Engine on the North Norfolk Railway line at Sheringham Station, October 1991. Picture: Archant Library

The £2.5 million pound Splash swimming pool opening in Sheringham, 1st April 1988. Photo: Archant LibraryThe £2.5 million pound Splash swimming pool opening in Sheringham, 1st April 1988. Photo: Archant Library

Brownie tea making in Sheringham, April 1984. Photo: Archant LibraryBrownie tea making in Sheringham, April 1984. Photo: Archant Library

The Splash swimming pool in Sheringham, 18th August 1994. Photo: Archant LibraryThe Splash swimming pool in Sheringham, 18th August 1994. Photo: Archant Library

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