Cromer Pier, Norfolk. Designed by a London engineering firm, Douglass and Arnott, and opened on 8 June 1901 by Lord Claud Hamilton, who was the chairman of the Great Eastern Railway; extended in 1905, when the bandstand at the end was converted into a covered pavilion (Rouse 36).

The pavilion of 1905.

The Grade II listed structure is of iron, and its length is 500'. This was third structure to be built here, the earliest jetty, of 1822, having been washed away in 1843 ("Cromer"), and the next one similarly destroyed in 1897 (Pevsner and Wilson 444). By now, with the coming of the railways and the construction of large hotels, the seaside resort was at its most popular. The National Piers Society website records the various costly programmes of repair and maintenance since then — and the fact that, despite being rather short, Cromer Pier won the National Piers Society’s Pier of the Year award in 2015. The main factor in its success is the Edwardian pavilion, which still hosts lively summer and Christmas programmes of shows, and provides an events venue.

Photographs by Colin Price and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


"Cromer." National Piers Society. Web. 19 June 2020.

"Cromer Pier, Esplanade." Historic England. Web. 19 June 2020.

Pevsner, Nikolaus, and Bill Wilson. Norfolk I: Norwich and North-East. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.

Rouse, Michael. Cromer & Sheringham History Tour. Stroud, Glos.: Amberley, 2016.

Created 19 June 2020