‘A very 1902 kind of place’ - the Guardian’s take on life in Cromer

PUBLISHED: 09:45 23 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:50 23 February 2019

Cromer has been featured in the Guardian's property pages, described as a

Cromer has been featured in the Guardian's property pages, described as a "very 1902 kind of place". Pictured, a view of the town's painted seafront promenade homes. Picture: SOWERBYS


The seaside town of Cromer is often described as “the gem of the north Norfolk coast”.

Cromer Pier, Cromer Pier, "the most end-of-the-pier pier in the country, at the extremity of Norfolk." Picture: ANDREAS YIASIMI

The famous pier, painted fishing cottages and relaxed pace of life are beloved by residents, holiday-makers and visitors alike.

And now the town’s gentle coastal charm has been shared with the readers of a national newspaper, with Cromer featured in the Guardian property pages and described as “very 1902”.

The regular feature, ‘Let’s Move To...’ profiles the best of Britain’s towns, villages and cities.

Previous features have included Chester, Cheshire, (“beautiful, occasionally suffocating, but a little bit woke”) and Deal, Kent, (“racy, posh, cultured and seedy”).

The spire of Cromer Parish Church. Photo: Ian BurtThe spire of Cromer Parish Church. Photo: Ian Burt

The spotlight landed on Cromer on Friday, February 22, and journalist Tom Dyckhoff was full of praise for the town’s properties, good schools, and “magical” food on offer at The Gunton Arms.

He wrote: “The municipal gardens sparkle. The streets busy themselves with independent shops.

“All that was once great about Cromer remains: the crabs; the tower of St Peter and St Paul; the boarding houses clinging to the cliffs; those sweet lanes of fishermen’s houses; and the fin-de-siècle pier.”

He described the iconic landmark as “the most end-of-the-pier pier in the country, at the extremity of Norfolk, with nothing but fishing boats, nor’easterlies and herring between the stage of its Pavilion theatre and Norway”.

People enjoying the sun on Cromer beach. Picture: ArchantPeople enjoying the sun on Cromer beach. Picture: Archant

He added: “The town is full of smashing homes: a nice line in traditional Norfolk flinty pantiled cottages and townhouses, plus late-19th-century arts and craftsy places.”

But Cromer didn’t escape entirely unscathed, described as “a very 1902 kind of place”.

“One half expects to see a non-ironic mutton-chop or a waxed moustache in the queue at Morrisons, or Arthur Conan Doyle (awfully keen on Cromer) filling up his Prius at the petrol station.”

The article noted: “It’s not without a bit of shabbiness.

“Last time I came, maybe a decade ago, the place was, shall we say, a little faded from its heyday.”

And the case against the town was made: “It’s a long way from anywhere but Norfolk. Coastal erosion is a problem in this neck of the woods.

“Trains: hourly to Norwich (43 to 51 minutes), to change for the rest of the universe.”

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