Cromer Pier, circa 1885
An albumen print showing the view from Cromer Pier looking back towards the town on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk.
The old wooden structure seen here was replaced by the current pier in 1902.
The large building opposite the entrance to the pier is the oddly named Hotel de Paris, originally built in 1830 by the émigré Pierre le Françoise, then later enlarged around the middle of the century by subsequent owners Henry Jarvis and his son Alex. The hotel which stands on the site today is the result of a redesign in the 1890s.
Several of the other buildings seen in the photograph are almost unchanged today, including the enormous Perpendicular tower of the town’s parish church, Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the highest church tower in Norfolk.
Condition: the print presents a small amount of cockling in the area of the sky but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. It is mounted on a thin paper album page with a ragged left-hand edge. The reverse of the album page presents a small engraving of Cromer Hall, with the town in the distance, and two newspaper clippings of local interest.
Dimensions: at its widest points the print measures 5.8” by 7.4” (14.9 cm by 18.7 cm); the mount measures