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Account for the Main feature in the development of Cromer 1500-1875

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Cromer was already a developed town before the arrival of the railways in 1875. It had been a developed fishing village during the past and exported and imported corn and coal. Finally it became a tourist destination for the gentry due mostly to Dr. Russell whose promoted idea of 'spa towns' made it a popular place. During this essay I will be going into thurther detail about the above mentioned points. One key factor that helped cromer develop before the railways was the fishing. This helped because it was the big thing then, the only real trade of many fishing villages. Cromer was founded from Anglo-Saxons who brought their fishing and farming traditions with them, having come from germany in search of a place to settle they seemed to place most of their villages in places rich resources. We can find evidendence of that in the 1519 will of Clement Fysheman: 'Alice, wife, by vi oore bote, john, son my other bote, he to give his brother 6s 8d...' ...read more.


The granary was a large building situated at the top of the jetty leading back from the sea front. Having walked up the jetty (a slope made of cobbles that would once of been beaten earth) you would see a long building with a large door waiting with sacks of corn to be taken to ships and carried on. Using Cromer as a port shows its development, because it means that they were important enough and close enough to norwich to be needed. Many small fishing villages are still unknown but the use of Cromer as a port changes that. They also exported and imported coal. Coal is of course a fossil fuel and it was used to great extent. Dug up from mines 'up north' and taken on laden ships 'colliers' to ports such as cromer and their cargo's were taken and distributed among those not lucky enough to live near a mine. The Collier ships were guided into the mud and left stuck, the tide would go out and the people would gather to remove the coal onto the shores. ...read more.


The Universal British Directory. But sooner rather than later everybody wanted to sample the delights of the sea. The swift popularity of was a very key factor, if not the most important of all in the development of cromer before the railways. It lead them onwards into the abyss that was the holiday. In conclusion I think that Dr Russell's theory of spa towns was the most conductive in the creation of cromer prior to the coming of the railways. The fishing trade made it what it was in the first place, and through fishing they came to become a port. Being a port brought to them trade from corn and coal, and through that came some of the rich, watching the ships being unloaded, and so came the tourism of the gentry. These were all very important factors because they made cromer into a destination, A place that people might want to come to and a place for a train company to plan their train tracks. Without these contributing factors, it might not have been as it was, and so the place that is now would not of been. ...read more.

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