"CROMER, a parish (formerly a market-town) in the northern division of the hundred of ERPINGHAM, county of NORFOLK, 21 miles (N.) from Norwich, and 130 (N.N.B.) from London, containing 1023 inhabitants. This place, originally of much greater extent, included the town of Shipden, which, with its church and a considerable number of houses forming another parish, was destroyed by an inundation of the sea. . . . The town was formerly inhabited only by a few fishermen, but, from the excellence of its beach, the salubrity of its air, and the beauty of its scenery, it has become a bathing-place of some celebrity . . . the houses are in general badly built and of mean appearance, but those near the sea are commodious and pleasantly situated, and there are several respectable inns for the accommodation of visitors; the inhabitants are amply supplied with water from springs. There are a circulating library and a subscription news-room; and a regatta is annually celebrated. The coast between this place and Yarmouth being extremely dangerous, it has been found necessary to erect within that short distance not less than four lighthouses . . . The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk, and diocese of Norwich, rated in the king's books at £9. 4., endowed with £400 royal bounty, and £ 800 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Ely. The church, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, was built in the reign of Henry IV." [Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright © Mel Lockie]


Cromer is about 10 miles N. of Aylsham.


Archives & Libraries



  • 1881 Transcription:
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    These are links to archived copies.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Repps, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul.

Church History

(No author)
Look at Cromer Parish Church. Visitors' guide to the parish church of St Peter and St Paul.
[ISBN 0863841228, Bessacarr Prints, 1988]
Rye, Walter
An account of the churches of St Peter of Shipden and of St Peter and Paul of Cromer, in the county of Norfolk.
[Norwich, Samuel Miller, 1870]

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Cromer was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Cromer and its People
Description, history, genealogy, etc. This is a link to an archived copy.
Bartell, Edmund, jun
Cromer, considered as a watering place: with observations on the picturesque scenery in its neighbourhood.
[London, Printed for J. Taylor, 1806]
Knights, Mark
The illustrated guide to Cromer and neighbourhood: including Runton, Sheringham, Overstrand, Sidestrand, Mundesley, Northrepps, Bacton, Bromholm, and the Broads; revised to the present time by Mark Knights.
[London, Jarrold, (1889?)]
Mannings, John Spelman
Cromer: a descriptive poem.
[London, J. Ridgway, 1806]
Stibbons, P.J.R. and Stibbons, Brenda
A Cromer album: 1860-1914.
[ISBN 0946148120, North Walsham, Poppyland, 1985]
Ward Lock and Co's illustrated guide books.
A pictorial and descriptive guide to Cromer, Sheringham, Norwich and North Norfolk: with a special section for motorists. (10th edition revised).
[London, Ward Lock and Co., 1920s]
Warren, Martin
Around Cromer.
[Alan Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloustershire, 1990s?]

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Cromer is in North Erpingham Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for North Erpingham Hundred
Description of North Erpingham Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Cromer has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Brooks, Peter
Coastal towns at war: the story of Cromer and Sheringham in the Second World War.
[ISBN 094614835X, Poppyland, 1988]
Reid, Andy (Ed.)
Cromer and Sheringham: the growth of the holiday trade 1877-1914.
[ISBN 0906219205, Norwich, Centre of East Anglian Studies in association with the Norfolk and Norwich Branch of the Historical Association, 1986]
Rothery, Constance
The Poppyland Flyer: the story of the railway line from Cromer to North Walsham, 1906-1953: calling at: Cromer Links - Overstrand - Sidestrand Halt -Trimmingham and Paston and Knapton - Mundesley.
[Trimmingham, Norfolk, C. Rothery, 1984]
Rye, Walter
Cromer, past and present, or, An attempt to describe the parishes of Shipden and Cromer, and to narrate their history.
[Norwich, Jarrold, 1889]


Maritime Records

Lee, Kitty
The history of Cromer lifeboats and crews 1935-1945.
[ISBN 0951853007, Cromer, 1991]
Stibbons, P.J.R. and Malster, Robert
The Cromer lifeboats 1804-1986.
[ISBN 094614821X, Norfolk, Poppyland Publishing, 1986]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG219422 (Lat/Lon: 52.930896, 1.299818), Cromer which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Barrett, K.D.L.
A history of Cromer Girls' School 1872-1949.
[Cromer?, c1977]