Record Details

NHER Number:13584
Type of record:Monument
Name:Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (Norwich to Cromer via Holt), North Norfolk Railway

Summary

This is the route of a 19th century railway from Norwich to Cromer via Holt. The section from Norwich to Melton Constable opened in 1882, with the extension to Holt opened in 1884 and the continuation to Cromer opened in 1887. All but the Cromer to Sheringham section (which is now part of the Bittern Line) closed to trains in 1964. The stretch between Sheringham and Weybourne reopened as the North Norfolk Railway in the 1970s, with the Weybourne to Holt section added during the 1980s. The Norwich to Reepham section is now part of the Marriott's Way, a footpath and cycle track. 19th century stations, signal boxes, bridges and embankments survive in a number of locations. In 2009 the station at Whitwell (Reepham) reopened.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TG12NW
Parish:ATTLEBRIDGE, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
BEESTON REGIS, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
BRININGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
BRINTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
BRISTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
COSTESSEY, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
CROMER, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
DRAYTON, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
FOULSHAM, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
GREAT WITCHINGHAM, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
GUESTWICK, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
HINDOLVESTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
HOLT, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
KELLING, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
LETHERINGSETT WITH GLANDFORD, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
MELTON CONSTABLE, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
MORTON ON THE HILL, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK
REEPHAM, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
RUNTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
SHERINGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
STODY, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
SWANNINGTON, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
TAVERHAM, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
THEMELTHORPE, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
UPPER SHERINGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
WESTON LONGVILLE, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
WEYBOURNE, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Opened in part 1882. Norwich City to Cromer Beach. Part preserved as North Norfolk Railway.
Unique A-frame bridges. Some preserved station buildings. For full details and newspaper cuttings (S1-S16) see file.
E. Rose (NAU), 2 June 1982.

Architects drawings (pre 1992) (S17) of Context 3 as large rolled plans.
E. Rose (NAU).

October to December 1999. Watching brief, Barker Street, Norwich. Context 8.
Negative results.
See (S18) in file.
D. Gurney (NLA), 21 August 2000.

Cromer signal box and signals listed 2000 (S19).

For tank traps in the trackbed see NHER 40318, NHER 42682 and others listed in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 25 November 2005.

June 2006.
The section from Norwich to Melton Constable opened in 1882, with the extension to Holt opened in 1884 and the continuation to Cromer opened in 1887. All but the Cromer to Sheringham section (which is now part of the Bittern Line) closed to trains in 1964. The stretch between Sheringham and Weybourne reopened as the North Norfolk Railway in the 1970s, with the Weybourne to Holt section added during the 1980s. The Norwich to Reepham section is now part of the Marriot's Way, a footpath and cycle track. 19th century stations, signal boxes, bridges and embankments survive in a number of locations.
See full details in file.
D. Robertson (NLA), 8 June 2006.

Also see NHER 53976 for information about Whitwell Station, which was recently restored and reopened in 2009.
S. Howard (NLA), 2 August 2010.

3 July 2010.
Concrete milepost exists in a Cromer garden.
See (S20) for details.
E. Whitcombe (NLA), 4 August 2010.

2010.
A signal box was restored and installed at the Holt Station stop on the Holt-Sheringham section, now the Poppy Line heritage railway.
See (S21).
E. Whitcombe (NLA), 5 August 2010.

Norwich City station: Built in 1882 by Wilkinson and Jarvis on a 30 acre site. The line was used for goods and passengers. The station was hit in the 1942 Blitz and several buildings were destroyed. Services continued however in the open until 1944 when pre-fabricated concrete buildings were installed. The last passenger train left in 1959 but the station ran goods up until 1969.
NIAS records (S22)
W. Arnold HES 17/01/11

Monument Types

  • BRIDGE (Post Medieval to Modern - 1882 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • GOODS YARD (Post Medieval to Modern - 1882 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • RAILWAY (Post Medieval to Modern - 1882 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • RAILWAY SIGNAL (Post Medieval to Modern - 1882 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • RAILWAY TRANSPORT SITE (Post Medieval to Modern - 1882 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • SIGNAL BOX (Post Medieval to Modern - 1882 AD? to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE
  • SHINE
  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: JJM 28-31.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1997. TG0820/F - G.
---Publication: Mackley, D.. 2000. Norwich Trams. map plate before 79.
---Unpublished document: Correspondence.
---Photograph: KWQ 28-31.
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 03 SW 11.
---Monograph: Adderson, R. & Kenworthy, G.. 1998. Branch Lines Around Cromer..
---Unpublished document: Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey record form.
---Correspondence: 2000. Correspondence regarding NHER 13584.
---Newspaper Article: 1983. Eastern Daily Press. 7 March.
---Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 6 January.
---Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 28 February.
---Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 30 March.
---Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 27 September.
---Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 8 October.
---Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 1 November.
---Newspaper Article: 1985. Eastern Daily Press. 7 February.
---Newspaper Article: 1985. Eastern Daily Press. 18 February.
---Newspaper Article: 1985. Eastern Daily Press. 14 October.
---Newspaper Article: 1986. Eastern Daily Press. 21 October.
---Newspaper Article: 1987. Eastern Daily Press. 6 January.
---Newspaper Article: 1987. Eastern Daily Press. 9 February.
---Newspaper Article: 1987. Eastern Daily Press. 16 April.
---Newspaper Article: 1987. Eastern Daily Press. 17 June.
---Newspaper Article: 1987. Eastern Daily Press. 27 July.
---Newspaper Article: 1987. Eastern Daily Press. 12 October.
---Newspaper Article: 1987. Eastern Daily Press. 25 January.
---Newspaper Article: 1989. Eastern Daily Press. 30 January.
---Newspaper Article: 1989. Eastern Daily Press. 15 February.
---Newspaper Article: 1989. Eastern Daily Press. 15 July.
---Newspaper Article: 1989. Eastern Daily Press. 27 February.
---Newspaper Article: 1989. Eastern Daily Press. 22 September.
---Newspaper Article: 1989. Eastern Daily Press. 20 November.
---Newspaper Article: 1989. Eastern Daily Press. 12 December.
---Newspaper Article: 1990. Eastern Daily Press. 30 January.
---Newspaper Article: 1990. Eastern Daily Press. 23 November.
---Newspaper Article: 1992. Eastern Daily Press. 14 May.
---Newspaper Article: 1993. Eastern Daily Press. 19 August.
---Newspaper Article: 1993. Eastern Daily Press. 29 December.
---Newspaper Article: 1994. Eastern Daily Press. 28 July.
---Newspaper Article: 1994. Eastern Daily Press. 4 August.
---Newspaper Article: 1994. Eastern Daily Press. 31 August.
---Newspaper Article: 1995. Eastern Daily Press. 19 August.
---Newspaper Article: 1997. Eastern Daily Press. 19 April.
---Newspaper Article: 1997. Eastern Daily Press. 6 August.
---Newspaper Article: 1997. Eastern Daily Press. 30 September.
---Newspaper Article: 1997. Eastern Daily Press. 5 November.
---Newspaper Article: 1998. Eastern Daily Press. 19 June.
---Newspaper Article: 1999. Eastern Daily Press. 3 November.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press.
---Newspaper Article: 1999. Eastern Daily Press. 1 March.
---Newspaper Article: 1999. Eastern Daily Press. 1 March.
---Newspaper Article: 2000. Eastern Daily Press. 22 July.
---Newspaper Article: 2000. Eastern Daily Press. 24 July.
---Newspaper Article: 2002. Eastern Daily Press. 4 January.
---Newspaper Article: 2002. Eastern Daily Press. 16 May.
---Photograph: BCD5.
---Publication: 1987. Railway World. December.
---Unpublished document: Transco/Network Archaeology. 2002. Network Archaeology Report No. 179. Bacton to Kings Lynn Proposed Gas Pipeline. Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment..
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. Harsh modern times hit heritage railway.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2009. Let's go the extra 200 feet, say rail fans IN Eastern Daily Press. 13 March.
---Newspaper Article: 2010. Eastern Daily Press. 12 January.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Cosy little abode is on track to become a museum piece.. 11 June 2010.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. The road to nowhere. 20 July.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Working hard above their station. 21 March.
---Article in serial: Tuddenham, E.. 1964 June. The MGNR Route to Cromer.. Railway World.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Rolled Plan: Large Plan Exists.
---Fiche: Exists.
---Photograph: CQX 8.
<S1>Newspaper Article: 1975. Eastern Daily Press. 11 June.
<S2>Newspaper Article: 1975. Eastern Daily Press. 23 October.
<S3>Newspaper Article: 1977. Eastern Daily Press. 19 February.
<S4>Newspaper Article: 1977. Eastern Daily Press. 21 January.
<S5>Newspaper Article: 1977. Eastern Daily Press. 7 May.
<S6>Newspaper Article: 1977. Eastern Daily Press. 4 August.
<S7>Newspaper Article: 1978. Eastern Daily Press. 18 March.
<S8>Newspaper Article: 1978. Eastern Daily Press. 23 November.
<S9>Newspaper Article: 1979. Eastern Daily Press. 30 July.
<S10>Newspaper Article: 1981. Eastern Daily Press. 20 January.
<S11>Newspaper Article: 1981. Eastern Daily Press. 22 July.
<S12>Newspaper Article: 1982. Eastern Daily Press. 21 May.
<S13>Newspaper Article: 1982. Eastern Daily Press. 6 August.
<S14>Newspaper Article: 1982. Eastern Daily Press. 21 October.
<S15>Newspaper Article: 1982. Eastern Daily Press. 22 October.
<S16>Newspaper Article: 1982. Eastern Daily Press. 13 January.
<S17>Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
<S18>Unpublished document: Percival, J. 2000. NAU Report No. 495. Report on an Archaeological Watching Brief at Barker Street, Norwich.
<S19>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S20>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Keeping railway history on track. 3 July.
<S21>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2010. Poppy Line celebrates award again. 9 July.

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