More plaques unveiled to remember town figures in Cromer

Families and councillors gather for the unveiling of blue plaques in Cromer. Picture: Dave-Hubba-Rob

Families and councillors gather for the unveiling of blue plaques in Cromer. Picture: Dave-Hubba-Roberts - Credit: Archant

One helped abolish slavery, another coined the term Poppyland while the third developed flower remedies - and now they all have blue plaques honouring them in Cromer.

Unveiling of plaques in Cromer. Members of the Bach family, l-r, Joanne Turner and Jane Stevenson wi

Unveiling of plaques in Cromer. Members of the Bach family, l-r, Joanne Turner and Jane Stevenson with deputy mayor John Fosdick. Pictures: Peter Stibbons - Credit: Archant

Norfolk champion Keith Skipper was the master of ceremonies as the plaques were unveiled for slavery abolitionist Priscilla Buxton, homeopath and spiritual writer Edward Bach, and Clement Scott, theatre critic and travel writer who coined the expression Poppyland in a poem.

Members of the Bach and Buxton families travelled to north Norfolk from across the country for the unveiling on Saturday, February 25.

Mrs Buxton lived at Cromer Hall and Northrepps Hall in the 1820s and 30s and her plaque was placed on the Cromer Town Council offices in North Lodge.

Cindy Buxton, who is a sixth-generation descendent of Norwich-born Priscilla Buxton, has her own fascinating story to tell as she was making a wildlife film on the Falkland Islands in 1982 when Argentina invaded.

Unveiling of plaques in Cromer. Members of the Buxton family, l-r, Tim, Cindy and Nicola Buxton: Pic

Unveiling of plaques in Cromer. Members of the Buxton family, l-r, Tim, Cindy and Nicola Buxton: Pictures: Peter Stibbons - Credit: Archant


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She said: 'Priscilla's father, Thomas Fowell Buxton MP, who was known as the liberator for his role in abolishing slavery in the British colonies, did a very good job, and she was his right hand. His features were on the back of the previous £5 note, in the top left-hand corner, near his sister-in-law Elizabeth Fry.

'I'm delighted to be here, and it's an honour to have been asked. Today would also have been Priscilla's birthday.'

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Descendants of Dr Bach, who is remembered as the originator of Bach's Flower Essences and Rescue Remedies. said the house in Brunswick Terrace, Cromer, where he wrote Heal Thyself in the early 1930s, was his favourite, as it overlooked the sea. His plaque was placed there.

Mr Scott's writings for the Daily Telegraph in the 1880s did much to popularise north Norfolk as a holiday destination, and his plaque was unveiled at the Hotel de Paris by Mr Skipper, as a representative of the local press.

Cromer's deputy mayor John Frosdick said: 'This is the second year we have put up blue plaques. Last year it was for Cromer lifeboatmen Henry Blogg, Henry 'Shrimp' Davies and Lewis 'Tuna' Harrison. We aim to install three blue plaques per year honouring people with connections to the Cromer area.'

Who deserves a blue plaque where you live? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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