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New Cromer photographic book shows Henry Blogg in a more relaxed light

PUBLISHED: 15:35 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:35 17 November 2017

A Cromer Miscellany. Traditional style Cromer crab boats on the beach in 1959.  Pictures: Poppyland Publishing

A Cromer Miscellany. Traditional style Cromer crab boats on the beach in 1959. Pictures: Poppyland Publishing

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It sometimes seems that Cromer is one of the most photographed small towns in Britain.

A Cromer Miscellany. Rescue at sea by Cromer lifeboats after town councillors had been stuck overnight on board HMS Cheerful, during her Coronation visit.  Pictures: Poppyland Publishing A Cromer Miscellany. Rescue at sea by Cromer lifeboats after town councillors had been stuck overnight on board HMS Cheerful, during her Coronation visit. Pictures: Poppyland Publishing

Early in the 20th century there were 10 photographers plying their trade in the district.

One of them was Philip Vicary, who took his own photographs, meticulously catalogued them, photographed images from an earlier age, and also recorded details of the town in his sketches and watercolours.

His son Adrian Vicary now cares for the collection and has added his own images.

A new book, A Cromer Miscellany draws together the work of father and son, in most instances working direct from original negatives or slides.

A Cromer Miscellany. Henry Blogg smiling. Pictures: Poppyland Publishing A Cromer Miscellany. Henry Blogg smiling. Pictures: Poppyland Publishing

While many of the pictures have appeared previously in other books, Adrian has included a number of images which have never appeared in print before. He also explains in the book how many of them were taken.

Perhaps the best known and hardest earned pictures are those of the epic Sepoy rescue in 1933.

Philip Vicary followed events as the sailing barge was battered along the shoreline from Overstrand to Cromer.

Sheltering as best as possible in a nook in the cliff, and manoeuvring glass photographic plates with frozen figures, his efforts were rewarded with front page features in the national press.

As well as his own work Philip Vicary, working from early in the 20th century, took care to conserve both photographs and lithographs from earlier times, and several are included in the book.

Adrian Vicary says in the introduction to the book; “The contents come from the collection of my late father, Philip Vicary. The 19th century photographs were collected by him over many years from various friends.

“Most of the 20th century photographs, post 1910, were taken by my father, with a small number from other family members. He was privileged to be a friend of Henry Blogg and this made it possible to record some more relaxed shots of Henry than were usually seen. “These have been included for the first time.”

With 21 colour photos and 119 black and white images, A Cromer Miscellany by Adrian Vicary, paperback £10.95, is available from bookshops across the county and at https://www.poppyland.co.uk/

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