Cromer Museum

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The storm in Cromer, 10 years ago (well a day or two late) care of Peter Stibbons of the Friends of Cromer Museum...
07/12/2023

The storm in Cromer, 10 years ago (well a day or two late) care of Peter Stibbons of the Friends of Cromer Museum...

Postcard, view of the East Beach,  , taken from the sand and looking at the buildings along the East Cliff from the Cres...
06/12/2023

Postcard, view of the East Beach, , taken from the sand and looking at the buildings along the East Cliff from the Crescent to the Hotel de Paris, sold as a Christmas card.

A concise history of Cromer on one 1950s postcard.......
05/12/2023

A concise history of Cromer on one 1950s postcard.......

East House built in the 18th c and destroyed by a bombing raid in 1942. Shown here prior to its destruction as a tobacco...
04/12/2023

East House built in the 18th c and destroyed by a bombing raid in 1942. Shown here prior to its destruction as a tobacconist and hairdressers (a somewhat odd combination?). Second image shows East House (and East Cottages in top left) during an armistice day service in 1935 and finally shown the morning after its destruction.

A tinted drawing of East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, in 1884 - by Edward Pococke - slightly odd perspective but tha...
02/12/2023

A tinted drawing of East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, in 1884 - by Edward Pococke - slightly odd perspective but that little gateway beside the church is still there

Cromer Museum is situated in 5 former fishing cottages known as East Cottages. Over the Winter we are developing a new d...
28/11/2023

Cromer Museum is situated in 5 former fishing cottages known as East Cottages. Over the Winter we are developing a new display about the people who lived in East Cottages and the life of fishing families in Cromer. This is Walter 'kite' Rix, he lived at number 1 East Cottages, he was a fisherman (as were his father and brother) and he served on the Louisa Heartwell lifeboat. The portrait image is by Olive Edis and the group shots are with the rescued crew of the St Antonie de Pardou outside the Red Lion in 1912 and with the crew of the Louisa Heartwell in 1902.

Cromer Hospital 1866–2023 “Built Via the Donations of the Living and the Legacies of the Dead”https://www.facebook.com/s...
25/11/2023

Cromer Hospital 1866–2023 “Built Via the Donations of the Living and the Legacies of the Dead”
https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=cromer%20hospital%201866-2023

A new book from author Brenda Stibbons tells the intriguing story of one of the country’s first cottage hospitals, established in 1866, through to the building of the current ultra-modern facility opened in 2013 – and the continuing development of the hospital, frequently through the contribution of generous donors. In keeping with the story, all returns from the book are being given to the Friends of Cromer hospital towards the purchase of new equipment for the ophthalmology unit. With 200 pages and colour throughout, a unique set of photographs adds to the story, from
lantern slides to the comprehensive and nostalgic photographs of the 1933 hospital taken by the late Mike Robinson shortly before its demolition in 2012.
Brenda Stibbons, who herself worked at the hospital from 1991 to 2009, was drawn to the idea of recounting the hospital’s history when taking her master’s degree at the University of East
Anglia. “My tutor, Dr Steven Cherry, had written extensively on the history of medicine and from him I learned that Cromer was one of the earliest cottage hospitals. My impetus to start writing was all the greater when given a set of papers relating to the late George Collison, who paid for the 1887 hospital.”
Brenda had previously made a special study of the friendly societies of Norfolk, those bodies frequently being the support and guarantee of help when doctors’ and hospital fees were the
norm. With the coming of the National Health Service in 1948, “in place of fear”, the hospital made many adjustments to continue as Cromer and District Hospital, serving a great part
of north Norfolk. Several stories emerged from the years of the Second World War and then from NHS times many who had worked at or continue to work at the hospital generously
contributed their accounts, generally with fond memories of their working lives.
Brenda concludes by recalling several years over which the idea of a new hospital was debated. “Eventually the decision was made by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Trust that the Mill Road site should remain the site for the hospital. As at the outset, the individual generosity of Sagle Bernstein and Phyllis Cox continue the story of a hospital made possible through legacies – and the Friends of Cromer Hospital follow the tradition of donations large and small making future development possible.”

“Cromer Hospital 1866-2023” is published by Poppyland Publishing and can be purchased from
www.poppyland.co.uk at £12.95 plus postage. It is out on Thursday 30th Nov.
Available in Cromer at Precious Little/Watermark, 7, Bond Street Mon-Sat (closed Weds), 11am-4pm

A rather fine appraisal heading into the Xmas period - The Weekly Illustrated Magazine, 10th December 1938 containing ar...
24/11/2023

A rather fine appraisal heading into the Xmas period - The Weekly Illustrated Magazine, 10th December 1938 containing articles about Cromer lifeboat and crew

Winter is on its way! ❄️ The weather is getting colder by the day but perhaps not as cold as it was for this little hors...
20/11/2023

Winter is on its way! ❄️ The weather is getting colder by the day but perhaps not as cold as it was for this little horse photographed in 1890 in the snow on the East Beach, . Stood at the bottom of the gangway, this horse and cart was used to collect flints for the manufacture of optical lenses. Bathing machines are lined up along the promenade. We hope the horse had a warm stable to go to at the end of the day!

Pencil and wash, grey, drawing of Cromer Church for a rather grey day; by John Sell Cotman, c1810
18/11/2023

Pencil and wash, grey, drawing of Cromer Church for a rather grey day; by John Sell Cotman, c1810

...following on from yesterday, more from the same set of postcards
16/11/2023

...following on from yesterday, more from the same set of postcards

One of a series of 8 colour postcards published after Cromer Pier was hit by a rig in November 1993
15/11/2023

One of a series of 8 colour postcards published after Cromer Pier was hit by a rig in November 1993

Large photograph taken from the Crescent looking down on the Gangway and East Beach, Cromer, in the foreground are the h...
14/11/2023

Large photograph taken from the Crescent looking down on the Gangway and East Beach, Cromer, in the foreground are the horses and cart used to bring flints up from the beach, on the washing lines to dry are the bathing costumes that could be hired, boats are clustered around the Lifeboat Station, the promenade along to Doctor's Steps is complete and railed, there are lots of holiday makers about and bathing machines on the sand, on the cliff top above is the Old Coastguard Station with its mechanical semaphore. 1895

Another early lithograph of Cromer; this one  by J.M. Johnson circa 1831 with the Gangway in the foreground & the backdr...
12/11/2023

Another early lithograph of Cromer; this one by J.M. Johnson circa 1831 with the Gangway in the foreground & the backdrop filled with a fine, rather higgledy-piggledy, landscape of dwellings, some still familiar...

News from The Friends of Cromer Museum upcoming event; "We're coming up to our November talk, next Friday 17th, 7.30pm a...
10/11/2023

News from The Friends of Cromer Museum upcoming event;
"We're coming up to our November talk, next Friday 17th, 7.30pm at the Community Hall, when Alison Orsborne will tell us the story of Cromer Parish church. Alison has been researching the history of the building and its grounds, adding to the work of Walter Rye, Alfred Savin, Cyril Crawford-Holden and others who have gone before. We look forward to seeing you there - and hope the weather won't be so off-putting as for the last meeting!

A slightly later, rather charming beach scene lithograph of 1850 by  R Groom
06/11/2023

A slightly later, rather charming beach scene lithograph of 1850 by R Groom

Another early lithograph of Cromer, a view from Arbor Hill taken in 1846...
05/11/2023

Another early lithograph of Cromer, a view from Arbor Hill taken in 1846...

Two lithographs, both dated 10th October 1855, both incorporating views of Cromer Hall & the town
04/11/2023

Two lithographs, both dated 10th October 1855, both incorporating views of Cromer Hall & the town

Cromer Town Hall, built in 1890, architect George Skipper- in this drawing it looks more prepossessing, surrounded by th...
03/11/2023

Cromer Town Hall, built in 1890, architect George Skipper- in this drawing it looks more prepossessing, surrounded by the trees with a side gate...

Cromer Museum is now closed for winter - reopening Easter 2024.Thank you to everyone who visited during the season - we ...
31/10/2023

Cromer Museum is now closed for winter - reopening Easter 2024.
Thank you to everyone who visited during the season - we hope you enjoyed both visits & events held here.
(NB details of any winter opening dates will be posted as known)
We hope to see you in 2024!

Today is our last day of opening to the general public; it has been great to see so many visitors enjoying the unique at...
31/10/2023

Today is our last day of opening to the general public; it has been great to see so many visitors enjoying the unique atmosphere of Cromer Museum & the many & varied delights therein. We leave you with four old prints of Cromer & hope to see many more of you when we reopen on April 1st 2024.
In the meantime, if you wish to contact the museum, you can phone our (big) sister museum, Time & Tide in Yarmouth on 01493 743930; less urgent messages can be left on our email [email protected]

A wonderful black and white photograph of Church Street,   in the 1950s. Photographer Reginald Clarke.Tomorrow is our la...
30/10/2023

A wonderful black and white photograph of Church Street, in the 1950s. Photographer Reginald Clarke.

Tomorrow is our last day before we close for the winter. So don't miss your chance to see us!

View along High Street, Cromer looking towards the Church; on the left is the rear entrance of the Hotel de Paris and on...
29/10/2023

View along High Street, Cromer looking towards the Church; on the left is the rear entrance of the Hotel de Paris and on the right is part of the King's Head public house.

Black and white photographic unused postcard of the Ship Hotel, Cromer; front elevation, bar, dining room, bedroom and a...
28/10/2023

Black and white photographic unused postcard of the Ship Hotel, Cromer; front elevation, bar, dining room, bedroom and a mural of Henry Blogg.
A view of the front elevation along with three interior views of the hotel front elevation, bar, dining room, bedroom and a mural of Henry Blogg, which was displayed inside, and is now part of the Cromer Museum Collection and on display in the museum.

Black and white photograph of the East Beach,  . A carriage is pulled by four mules, while three ladies sit inside, take...
27/10/2023

Black and white photograph of the East Beach, . A carriage is pulled by four mules, while three ladies sit inside, taken around 1875.

Photograph showing two female mechanics attending to the producer gas plant trailed behind a number 52 bus whilst in the...
26/10/2023

Photograph showing two female mechanics attending to the producer gas plant trailed behind a number 52 bus whilst in the garage, scheduled to travel between Cromer and Aldborough via Metton, 1942

Photograph of the Narrows, Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk showing a small piece of waste ground east of Tom Lines shoe r...
25/10/2023

Photograph of the Narrows, Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk showing a small piece of waste ground east of Tom Lines shoe repair shop. Tom moved into Garden Street after the redevelopment of the Narrows and was still there circa 1975

Photograph of the Narrows, Church Street, Cromer showing two shop fronts, circa 1960A proper cake display!
24/10/2023

Photograph of the Narrows, Church Street, Cromer showing two shop fronts, circa 1960
A proper cake display!

From  , a dog's head carved in jet, which can sometimes be found locally on the beach; it is believed it was carved by A...
23/10/2023

From , a dog's head carved in jet, which can sometimes be found locally on the beach; it is believed it was carved by Alfred Savin; Savin was recently commemorated with a Blue Plaque on Church Street where the historian & fossil collector had a shop, Savin is in this photo outside said shop...

Taken from a hard bound album containing 41 photographs this photograph shows a small group watching a regatta from the ...
22/10/2023

Taken from a hard bound album containing 41 photographs this photograph shows a small group watching a regatta from the beach, one small boy is astride the horse used to pull the bathing machines down to the water's edge, the lifeboat is on the water with various other small craft for the sailing race; date 1898. The 2nd pic is from the same album, it shows three small boys with the crab boats on the beach at the bottom of the Melbourne Slope,, on the skyline is the extended Marlborough Hotel, one of the boats is a hoveller and another 12'-14' transom-sterned dinghy, on the rail is a lifebuoy with C.U.D.C. initialled on it

For half-term we have: 'Mermaid Tales Trail'! Find the Mermaid Myths hidden around the museum to discover the special co...
21/10/2023

For half-term we have: 'Mermaid Tales Trail'! Find the Mermaid Myths hidden around the museum to discover the special codeword and win a prize! Don't forget to take a mermaid selfie and write your own story! 🧜‍♀️

Good morning from Cromer Museum on this wet and windy day! Here is an equally rainy day in  , circa 1900.🌧💦☔️
20/10/2023

Good morning from Cromer Museum on this wet and windy day!

Here is an equally rainy day in , circa 1900.

🌧💦☔️

Photograph of Mount Street, Cromer, 1923, looking very s***k and span; there are houses on both sides of the street, a w...
19/10/2023

Photograph of Mount Street, Cromer, 1923, looking very s***k and span; there are houses on both sides of the street, a woman can just be seen scrubbing a step, the junior school can be seen at the top of the rise, and there seems to be a queue of men outside the last house on the left

Following on from yesterday, here is a photo of Austin Blyth, Skipper of the Ellis, 1880s.A Sepia photograph of the coal...
18/10/2023

Following on from yesterday, here is a photo of Austin Blyth, Skipper of the Ellis, 1880s.
A Sepia photograph of the coal ship unloading coal on to the beach at Cromer, 1875. Horse drawn carts took the loads up the Gangway to nearby coal yards.
Ten years later; Black and white photograph of the coal ship, 1885, taken by David Savin. She made her last voyage in 1887 when the Beach Station opened. The scaffolding around the church tower in the background dates the picture to 1885 when the restorations of the church were undertaken. Savin refers to it and comments of what a wonderful piece of work the wooden scaffolding was. The wooden scaffolding erected for the renovation of the tower was done under the direction of John Newman. He and his father before him was responsible for the building of much of Cromer in the 19th century.

Copy photograph of all three coal ships, Wensleydale; Commerce; Ellis, together below the Gangway, taken by Alfred Savin...
17/10/2023

Copy photograph of all three coal ships, Wensleydale; Commerce; Ellis, together below the Gangway, taken by Alfred Savin's father; Daniel Savin to record the first time that these three Cromer Coal Boats were beached at one and the same time.

A selection of photographs taken at the opening ceremony of   Pier in June 1901.The first photo shows the crowds waiting...
16/10/2023

A selection of photographs taken at the opening ceremony of Pier in June 1901.

The first photo shows the crowds waiting to enter.

The second is a view taken during a concert of Herr Moritz Wurm and his Blue Viennese Band which was the main feature on the opening day. The seats were in the open, with an awning around the rear part for possible wet weather.

The third shows some of the men who were Cromer's Protection Commissioners; on the left is chairman Alex E. Jarvis, in the centre wearing a straw hat is Edward Morgan Hansell, clerk to the commissioners; and on the right in a black trilby hat is William Churchyard.

A view along the wooden jetty at Cromer, approx 1883, up to the Hotel de Paris before its alterations.  The Victoria Hou...
15/10/2023

A view along the wooden jetty at Cromer, approx 1883, up to the Hotel de Paris before its alterations. The Victoria House is next door on the corner of Jetty Street, with the Albert Hotel on the right, which was incorporated into the reconstructed Hotel de Paris in 1894.

Photograph of the Pier probably in 1900 the year before it officially opened. At this point the Pier is only half comple...
14/10/2023

Photograph of the Pier probably in 1900 the year before it officially opened. At this point the Pier is only half complete. The people are seated not at the present end of the pier but half way down parallel to the middle shelters.

Lastly, photograph of the Cromer coxswain Henry Blogg and the Prince of Wales at a presentation ceremony in the Central ...
13/10/2023

Lastly, photograph of the Cromer coxswain Henry Blogg and the Prince of Wales at a presentation ceremony in the Central Hall, Westminster, London when Henry Blogg received his gold medal from the Prince for the rescue of the S.S. Georgia crew

The presentation to Henry Blogg and crew was for their gallant work in the H.F. Bailey rescue of the S.S. Georgia crew. It took place in the town hall on 30th January 1928. This followed a dinner in their honour, and later on Blogg went to London to receive his gold medal from the Prince of Wales. 368 pounds was raised by subscription, a gold watch was also presented to Blogg and silver watches to the crew. A cheque for 289 pounds 8 shillings and 11 pence, the remainder of the money and 50 pounds from the owners of the Georgia were all handed to Blogg on that evening for distribution

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII for a short while, then the Duke of Windsor) with Henry Blogg at the Central Hall, Westminster on 22nd March 1928, when he presented Blogg with the second bar to his gold medal, for the Georgia rescue, when he said, on presenting the medal, 'I think Coxswain Blogg ought really to break himself of, and I am sure that if there are any ship owners present, and they would like me to bring this to his notice. Apparently he seems to regard it as an indispensable condition of the highest exercise of his seamanship, at any rate in the Gold Medal cases, that the vessel must break in two'.

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East Cottages Tucker Street
Cromer
NR279HB

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Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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