A short history of Cromer

Cromer is a beautiful seaside town located in Norfolk. There are lots of Local things to do in Cromer and you can see some of them at www.localthingstodo.co.uk/locations/things-to-do-in-cromer/, but it has been a popular destination for many, many years.

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Cromer was originally a part of a settlement known as Shipden and it didn’t appear in any official documents under its own name until the 13th Century. The place previously known as Shipden is thought to have been eroded away by the sea over time and the further inland Cromer is now the coastal town that remains.

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Fishing merchants and sea merchants would have used both Shipden and Cromer as places to overload and trade their goods. A pier at the town of Cromer was established back in 1390 and the medieval church was established to be a focal point in the town. The lavish design of the church helps to give an indication of the wealth that would have been in the area at the time.

As the fishing trade and sea merchants started to decline, so did the town and by the 18th-century it had become more like a small village. However, as a result of the popularity of seaside resorts as a way to improve health and wellbeing, more people started to visit the area and it has continued to grow in its popularity ever since.

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