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Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer
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of Refuge, Cromer
Of course, many other countries experienced the Reformation, or religious discords of their own kind, even wars, but only England sees its past refracted through the puritan fire of the 17th century. England is a nation which, for much of its early modern history, was virulently, even pathologically, anti-Catholic. In some quarters, suspicion remains even today. Be that as it may, the return of the Church to the north of Norfolk coincided with the rise of mass tourism in what was known as Poppyland. The railways opened the coast up to holidaymakers, and the big hotels were built to accomodate them. It was a radical change for these introverted parishes, which still seem so remote from London, barely 150 miles away. When the church was built, there was no resident priest at Cromer. The Diocese of Northampton provided a priest in the summer for the benefit of holiday makers at the request of Clement Scott, the inventor of Poppyland, and developer of the holiday industry in this part of Norfolk. The priest, from the church of St John the Baptist in Norwich, now the Cathedral, would arrive by train to say Mass, but in 1902 the increase in population led to Cromer, and thus north Norfolk, having its first resident Catholic parish priest for almost 450 years.
Simon Knott, November 2008
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