Record Details

NHER Number:47908
Type of record:Building
Name:Signal box at former beach station


A concrete and brick signal box built in 1920. This signal box is the last signal box from the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway that is still in use. It has recently (2011) been restored, together with the adjacent 'bothy' cabin.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2123 4200
Map Sheet:TG24SW

Full description

May 2000. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Railway signal box. 1920 for the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, built by William Marriott, company engineer. Concrete block and gault brick with a Welsh slate roof. Small signal box with a concrete and brick base with two sunk panels facing the track."
Information from (S1).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current listing details.
S. Spooner (NLA), 1 September 2006. Amended by P. Beers (HES), 19 February 2020.

June 2011. Eastern Daily Press.
The 1920s signal box has been restored to its 1960s state, with advice from society member Eric Dagless who worked at Cromer as a signalman until the early 1960s. Work on the Grade II listed building has been carried out over the last five years by members of the Cromer Railway Signalling Society and monthly volunteer working parties, helped by some £15,000 of grants from the Railway Heritage Trust, Cromer Town Council and the Poppyland Partnership.
See (S2) for further details.
D. Lefeuvre (HES), 1 August 2011.

December 2011.
Some points have also been installed, so that visitors can see the complex process of locking, detecting and signalling trains. The 'bothy' cabin adjacent to the signal box has also been restored. A rare survival, this is said to be in as good a state as when it was built (S3).
D. Gurney (HES), 2 December 2011.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF7246.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1380342.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. Restored signal box is back in spotlight.. 14 June.
<S3>Publication: Railway Heritage Trust. 2011. Annual Report and Accounts 2010/11.

Related records

13584Part of: Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (Norwich to Cromer via Holt), North Norfolk Railway (Monument)
47589Related to: Semaphore signals at former beach station (Building)
MNO11704Related to: Signal Box at former Beach Station Holt Road CROMER (Revoked)

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