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Moving House to Cromer with Hamiltons Removals

It’s famous for its Pier and its crabs, but what is Cromer like to move to? Hamiltons Removals are a Norfolk removal company who can help with moves all over the UK, as well as to our home county. Here we take a closer look at the north Norfolk coastal town of Cromer and what it offers to potential new residents and visitors alike.

The Pier

There’s been some sort of structure there since as far back as the 1390s. Initially a wooden jetty, it was particularly vulnerable to the sea and high winds. It wasn’t until 1901 that an iron structure was built, including a bandstand and pavilion.

Despite its more sturdy construction, it’s been a constant battle to keep the pier in a good state of repair, with storm damage being an ever-present threat. However, it is still the home of the Pavilion Theatre and bar, there’s a gift shop and Tides restaurant too. It’s also home to the town’s lifeboat station.

There’s always been a local commitment to it, and only in January this year the Pavilion Theatre Bar and toilets were upgraded at a cost of £45,000. It has also won the Pier of the Year title on several occasions, most recently in 2015.

The Crabs

The crustaceans a vital part of the town’s economy. The nutrient-rich waters and chalk shelf mean that the town’s crabs are particularly tasty, with a high proportion of white to brown meat. The crabs are usually caught in pots, and if they aren’t considered big enough they are returned to the sea.

The crab-rich habitat off the shores of Cromer is important for not just the fishing industry, but for people who want to catch their own. The world championships have been held in the town several times.

Facilities in Cromer

Cromer has its own hospital, with a minor injuries unit. When it comes to education there’s a high school called Cromer Academy (although pupils have to go to a neighbouring town if they want to study into the sixth form), a primary school, and an infants’ school with an attached nursery.

As far as transport links go, there’s a railway station which runs to Sheringham and Norwich.  The county capital is also home to the nearest airport (and it’s on the north side of the city so it is relatively easy to get to). Norwich itself is just over 20 miles south of Cromer, and can be reached quickly along the A140.

In the centre of town, you will find the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, and a museum telling the story of the town is located nearby. There’s also still an annual carnival, with its own queen, street parade and fancy dress, which takes place every August.

House Prices in Cromer

According to the property website Rightmove, the average property price for homes sold in Cromer in the last year was just under £300,000. However, there are plenty of flats in the town which sell for around £100,000 less than that.

The Guardian notes that there are plenty of pre-Victorian homes and cottages in the central old town, near the church. To the west and the south, there are plenty of Victorian terraces and townhouses.

Although there is a premium to pay for living on the coast, the average house price is cheaper than the figure for nearby Sheringham and for the whole of Norfolk.

Removals to Cromer with Hamiltons Removals

Hamiltons can organise commercial or domestic removals to Cromer and the rest of Norfolk, including Taverham, Long Stratton, Cringleford and Trowse, as well as the city of Norwich.

And to make life easier for you at what can be a stressful time, we have a number of optional extras. We can pack and unpack your belongings, clean up your old home, and offer competitive removals insurance policies. If you want to do more of the work yourself, then we stock high-quality packing materials for moving house at our Norfolk base in Harleston. For more information, follow this link.

You can call us today for a quote on 01379 855203. We also offer online quotes and video surveys.

Moving to Wroxham with Hamiltons Removals

Wroxham is known as the ‘Heart of the Norfolk Broads’, but that might be wrong on two counts. Here East Anglia removal company Hamiltons Removals, who can help if you are interested in moving to Wroxham, explain why.

The Norfolk (and Suffolk) Broads

The whole area of The Broads National Park covers a network of mostly navigable rivers and lakes which extends into Suffolk. For instance, the River Waveney, which also forms part of the county border, and Lake Lothing in Lowestoft. Therefore, it’s technically the ‘Norfolk and Suffolk Broads’.  However, when people refer to the Norfolk Broads it essentially covers both counties.

Wroxham or Hoveton?

People often refer to Wroxham when they might actually mean Hoveton, or Hoveton St John, to give it its full title. This is because they are two neighbouring villages split by the River Bure. The bridge over the two is one of the lowest, and can be tricky to pass under for some boats. Despite the fact that most of the facilities are actually in Hoveton, the Wroxham name is the one that has stuck and is often used to refer to both of the two villages.

The Facilities

Whatever the official Broads title, and whichever village you are referring to, what cannot be disputed is that it truly is the heart of an extremely popular tourist area. It’s the heartbeat of the county’s tourism industry, particularly when it comes to hiring boats.

John Loynes was the first person to realise that money could be made from this type of holiday back in 1878. The industry continues to this day, although visitor numbers have fallen since Victorian times.

A whole network of facilities have grown up around the bridge. The Hotel Wroxham, the Wherryman’s restaurant, café and bar, and the new Bridge American Restaurant or ‘Liberty’, are all within a stone’s throw of the bridge. There are also plenty of other places to eat and drink in both Wroxham and Hoveton.

There are also waterside cottages, lodges and chalets if you don’t want to spend your entire holiday on the water.

Away from the Water

Roys of Wroxham is a name famous throughout East Anglia, not just in Wroxham. (You can see it from the bridge too). Founded in 1895 by brothers Arnold and Alfred in Coltishall, the Wroxham store was built four years later, it continues to thrive today, and has been split into separate departments, including a garden centre, toy shop and supermarket.

There’s plenty of other stores too, including a small precinct, as well as specialist shops such as a jewellers’, butchers’, estate agents, and post office.

The Hoveton side of the river has a primary school (St John’s) and a high school (Broadland High Ormiston Academy). Hoveton also has two churches, St Peter and St John, and the historic Hoveton Hall, a 19th-century building that has gardens that are open to the public.

And Wroxham has not one but two railway stations. The Hoveton and Wroxham station, which is on the Bittern Line between Norwich, Cromer and Sheringham. The other is the narrow-gauge Bure Valley Railway, which is for tourists and runs to Aylsham.

Moving to Wroxham with Hamiltons Removals

If you are interested in moving to Wroxham or Hoveton then we offer a comprehensive removals service.

Apart from the core package, we can also offer optional extras such as a packing and unpacking service, insurance, and cleaning services. We have plenty of local expertise too, so we will know the best route to get your belongings to your new home. Also, don’t worry if you have any large or unusual items, at Hamiltons we have almost certainly moved it before.

And, we make it easy to kick-start the whole process with video surveys and online quotations. You can also call us on 01379 855203 if you have any questions.