The year was 1892. Flamboyant playwright Oscar Wilde had already made a name for himself in London, Paris and the US, but he decided to shun the bright lights of the cities for a time and chose to travel to the North Norfolk coast for a time of rest and recuperation.

He arrived in Cromer and chose to stay at the Hotel de Paris, and in a cottage at nearby Felbrigg. While staying at the Hotel de Paris (which is still open today), popular opinion is that he was working on A Woman of No Importance – which had its theatre debut in 1893.

The words of Wilde are set into concrete rings on the promenade, alongside other literary luminaries with connections to the town such as Gaskell and Swinburne.

Learn all about Cromer at the official website.



Photo: Phil McIver (Flickr)