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Little happened from then until 1883 when the Daily Telegraph sent Clement Scott, its literary and drama critic to Cromer
to investigate the new resort. As he could not find anywhere to stay, he walked along the cliffs to what was then the tiny fishing village of Overstrand.
He found lodging with with the local miller, and immediately fell in love with the area (not to mention the millerʼs daughter).
He christened the area "Poppyland", and wrote extensively about it. As a result many rich and famous people visited Overstrand,
some of whom chose to build summer residences.
Chief among these was Cyril Flowers Liberal MP (later to become Lord Battersea and Overstrand) who built The Pleasaunce,
along with Lord and Lady Hillingdon (Overstrand Hall), Sir George Lewis (The Danish Pavilion), Lord Wolverhampton (Carrwood House),
Sir Edgar Speyer (Sea Marge), Sir Frederick MacMillan (Meadow Cottage) and many others. At one time there were six millionaires in the village.
All these properties still stand, with the exception of the Danish Pavilion, which burnt down in 1953.
Only the Sea Marge is easily accessible to the general public as it is now a hotel
which does a fine line in Bar Meals.
The Parish Church of St Martins, Overstrand has had chequered history.
The original church fell into the sea in the late 14th century, and was rebuilt on the current site in the early 15th.
By the 18th century it had fallen into disrepair, and was replaced in 1867 by a new church in the churchyard.
This proved to be too small, so in 1911 the the decision was taken to restore the old church which was rededicated in 1914.
External Links and References
St Martin, Overstrand
More on the church and lots of photos from the Norfolk Churches site. http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/overstrand/overstrand.htm