Record Details

NHER Number:47589
Type of record:Building
Name:Semaphore signals at former beach station


Steel and timber semaphore signals dating to about 1920.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2123 4200
Map Sheet:TG24SW

Full description

May 2000. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Semaphore signals. Probably 1920 but may have been resited in 1954. Origin probably Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway or Great Eastern Railway, but resited by British Railways.
Steel and timber. Two cylindrical steel posts, each with a timber semaphore arm. Included as examples of a traditional type having group value with Cromer signal box which they immediately adjoin.
History. The line between Melton Constable and Cromer Beach was built by the Eastern and Midland Railway and opened in 1887. This railway failed in 1890 and was bought jointly by the Midland Railway and the Great Northern Railway, thus forming the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway in 1893. This railway, with 183 miles of track, was the largest of the joint railways and remained independent until 1936 because its parent companies were incorporated into different groupings', LMS and LNER, the LNER finally taking full responsibility in 1936.
Cromer signal box is the last box from this system still working out of an original 90. It was built in 1920 as Cromer Yard and was refitted with the present frame when Cromer High station was closed in 1954 and all the traffic transferred to Cromer Beach.
Information from (S1).
S. Spooner (NLA) 1 September 2006

Monument Types

  • RAILWAY SIGNAL (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1920 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Simmons, J. & Biddle, G.. 1997. The Oxford Companion to Railway History.. pp 103, 320.
---Monograph: Adderson, R. & Kenworthy, G.. 1998. Branch Lines around Cromer..
---Publication: Vanns, M.A.. 1997. Signal Boxes. p 113.
---Publication: The Signalling Study Group. 1986. The Signal Box. pp 123-124.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF7246.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1380343.

Related records

13584Part of: Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (Norwich to Cromer via Holt), North Norfolk Railway (Monument)
47908Related to: Signal box at former beach station (Building)

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