A long heritage of the fishing economy is still celebrated in Sheringham and Cromer
Fishing has always been one of the mainstays of the north Norfolk economy, and these archive photographs show how much it has featured in the region's daily life.
The crab has always been associated with Cromer and the lobster with Sheringham, and the rivalry between the coastal towns is still intense.
Legendary worldwide for their sweet flavour, Cromer crabs, served up in a crusty brown-bread sandwich, have been a prized Norfolk delicacy for decades. Renowned for their delicate flavour and their higher proportion of white meat to dark, an early guidebook, published in 1800, mentions that 'lobsters, crabs, whiting, cod-fish and herring are all caught here in the finest perfection'.
By 1887, there were 450 men and 94 boys fishing for a living in Sheringham and Cromer. The beaches to the east and west of Cromer pier were crowded with fishing boats, and there were once 150 crabbing boats in Cromer.