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Cromer
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Norfolk
52° 55′ 54.28″ N, 1° 18′ 3.56″ E
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Cromer is a coastal town and small resort in Norfolk and is famous for the Cromer crab.

The origins of the town are unknown but it is thought to exist by 1422, although it could have been settled as early as 1262. The town has always been dependent on fishing, crabs in the summer, cod and herring in the winter. This pattern has changed, with the last 30 years being focused on crab and lobster. The once large fishing fleet is now reduced to about 10 boats who launch from the east beach near the pier.

The parish church was built in the 15th century and has been the focal point of the town. It was rebuilt in the late 19th century after it fell into disrepair.

Early in the 19th century Cromer became a resort town, visited by rich families from Norwich. The pier at Cromer was built in the later part of the 19th century and home to the Pavilion Theatre.

In 1901, the author Arthur was a guest at Cromer Hall. He based his novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, on the legend of the Black Shuck, which is a local legend.

In World War II the town was bombed several times. It also adopted a Bangor class minesweeper, HMS Cromer.