Cromer (about 20% within AONB)
North eastern town where the AONB designation boundary runs around the built-up area. Cromer is a classic North Norfolk seaside town, situated on a cliff-top overlooking fine sandy beaches.
Town Council website: www.cromer-tc.gov.uk
Information on Cromer www.thisiscromer.co.uk
Cromer became a resort in the early 19th century, when healthy breezes were sought rather than sun-drenched sands. Visitors included the future King Edward VII, who played golf here. Cromer Pier has survived despite bad damage over the years and is a traditional seaside pier with a Lifeboat Station and Pavilion Theatre, which still stages end of pier shows. Cromer church dominates the town as it has the tallest tower in Norfolk.
In 1883 the London journalist Clement Scott went to Cromer and began to write about the area. He named the stretch of coastline, particularly the Overstrand and Sidestrand area, "Poppyland", and the combination of the railway and his writing in the national press brought many visitors. The name "Poppyland" referred to the numerous poppies which grew (and still grow) at the roadside and in meadows.
The town is famous for the Cromer crab, which forms a major source of income for the local fishermen. At the end of the 19th century, the beaches to the east and west of the pier were crowded with fishing boats. Now, about ten boats ply their trade from the foot of the gangway on the east beach.