Record Details

NHER Number:25396
Type of record:Building
Name:Sea Marge


This large half timbered Edwardian house, now a hotel, was built between 1908 and 1912 by the German born financier Sir Otto Speyer, who was apparently later stripped of his title and deported as a spy. The building is irregular in plan, two and three storeys high with a pebbledashed ground floor to the road façade. A projecting bay window and porch are set in front of a three storey timbered tower under a pyramid roof. At the back are six gabled bays. The interior has oak panelling, a galleried hall with a stone fireplace and a bathroom with contemporary Japanese tiles.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2496 4076
Map Sheet:TG24SW

Full description

February 1988. Listed, Grade II.
Large house built 1908 to 12 to designs of Sir Arthur Blomfield, who died in 1899.
Timber framed and brick, tile roofs. Irregular façade of two and three storeys and attic. Projecting bay window, and porch set in front of three storey timbered tower. Various projecting wings and loggias. At rear, six gabled bays. Clustered chimneys. Interior has oak panelling, galleried hall with stone fireplace, bathroom with contemporary Japanese tiles.
See (S1) for the complete listing details.
E. Rose (NAU), 8 August 1989.

Several of interior fittings stolen in 1995. Press cuttings (S2) to (S6) and architect's plans 1998-2003 (S7) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 4 January 1996.

Press cuttings in file.

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 635.
---Article in Serial: Cromer Preservation Society.. 2010. Happy 10th Birthday.. Cromer Preservation Society..
---Photograph: 1990. Photographs of interior of Sea Marge, Overstrand. Colour.
---Photograph: Photograph and slides of Sea Marge, Overstrand. Black & white.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1170873.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. [Sale advertisement for Sea Marge, Overstrande]. 9 November.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. Hotel plan for Winnie's home. 28 November.
<4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995-1996. [Articles on the stolen fireplace from Sea Marge, Overstrand].
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1996. Seeing is believing. 10 October.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Hotel wins backing for 16-room extension. 18 December.
<S7>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.

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