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Cromer Coursework Question 1 'Account for the main features in the development of Cromer up to 1875'. Part 1- Fishing Cromer has been mainly supported by fishing since the early middle ages with the Anglo-Saxons as the first settlement. They settled there because of the only gangway through the cliffs to the sea. Cromer's main economic activity carried on until late 19th Century when railways were introduced, tourism took over and it became less important. In the Middle Ages, the main type of fishing was herring fishing. There are several sources showing the importance of fishing. Extract from the will of Clement Fysheman in 1519. ...read more.


Part 2 - Coal and Corn trades Coal trade in Cromer involved importing cargo of coal from the North East of England, mainly from Newcastle by ships. This carried on until the railways were introduced in 1877 when the coal was imported through railways. The gangway was very useful back in that time as it was were the horses brought the coal from the sea into the city. It was a dangerous job importing the coal trade into Cromer. This made coal expensive. The problem was unloading the cargo, as told by E. Bartell in 1806. "Perhaps there are a few places where coals are dearer than they are here; one principal of which is, the expense and hazard attending the unloading; to effect which, the vessel is laid upon the beach at high water." ...read more.


As a result of this, tourism built up from there. New bath houses were introduced which allowed more tourist to come as there was more space to accommodate them but only rich people could afford to. Bath houses were an early feature of fashionable Cromer because it was facing the beach; working class would sleep there as they were warm rooms. The Crescent was also a sign of early tourism as it was curved you can see that it has expanded from the marks on the building this meant more tourists. Advantages of the crescents location were that there was easy access to the sea and centre of town. Towards the end of the 19th Century, the beach became more popular which attracted more tourists. Entertainment started to be provided such as goat cart and donkey rides. BY GEORGE SHOKRY ...read more.

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