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Before the erection of a lighthouse at Cromer lights for the guidance of vessels were shown from the tower of the parish church, these were small, but served a useful purpose for many years. A number of ecclesiastical lights such as this were exhibited around the coast in medieval times.
During the first twenty years following Charles II’s restoration in 1660 many proposals were put forward for lighthouses on all parts of the coast. One of the petitioners, Sir John Clayton, suggested no less than five lighthouses on four different sites – at the Farne Islands off Northumberland, Flamborough Head in Yorkshire, Foulness at Cromer and Corton near Lowestoft.
Despite opposition to his schemes Sir John, together with a George Blake obtained a comprehensive patent in 1669 and at a cost of £3,000 erected towers at each of the four sites. The patent would last for 60 years and specified rates of dues to to be paid (voluntarily) by the owners of passing vessels.
The present lighthouse, a white octagonal tower standing about ½ mile from the cliff edge, was built in 1833 and converted to electric operation in 1958. In June 1990 the station was converted to automatic operation and is now monitored from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich.
Cromer Lighthouse Weather Forecast
Rain on Saturday through Monday, with temperatures peaking at 24°C on Saturday.Partly cloudy in the morning.Today's Forecast
13->200% 28% 5 mph
4:45 am 9:00 pmPartly cloudy until evening.Thursday, May 25th
13->220% 35% 6 mph
4:44 am 9:02 pmClear throughout the day.Friday, May 26th
11->200% 3% 11 mph
4:43 am 9:03 pmRain starting in the evening.Saturday, May 27th
13->2480% 11% 12 mph
4:41 am 9:04 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Sunday, May 28th
12->1977% 59% 4 mph
4:40 am 9:06 pmLight rain in the morning and afternoon.Monday, May 29th
11->1759% 79% 9 mph
4:39 am 9:07 pmPartly cloudy throughout the day.Tuesday, May 30th
11->1717% 31% 12 mph
4:38 am 9:08 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Wednesday, May 31st
12->1810% 82% 10 mph
4:37 am 9:09 pm
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