Sheringham and Cromer Cliff defences

Has been described as a Possible Linear Defence or Dyke

There are no visible remains

NameSheringham and Cromer Cliff defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishSheringham

A document of c1588 ordered "The clyfts at Sheringham and Cromer to be cut sloping and passage downe to ye water uppon occasio to be mured (walled or blocked) upp and a parapet to be made upon ye topp. The oulde heith (wharf) to be intrenched to impeach the coming of ye enemy there" as defensive works against the Spanish Armada. This is a several mile stretch of low cliffs so the work involved was quite considerable and may well not have taken place.

Gatehouse Comments

Given map reference is Sheringham beach. See also record for battery at Old Hythe which were probably part of these anti-Armada defenses.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTG160434
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  • Cozens-Hardy, B., 1938, 'Norfolk Coastal defences in 1588' Norfolk Archaeology Vol. 26 p. 310-14