Haunted: Cromer Pier, Cromer, Norfolk
Stewart | On 01, Jul 2017
The Hauntings at Cromer Pier
The historic Grade II listed Cromer pier is home to the Pavilion Theatre and the Cromer Lifeboat Station.
It’s believed that there was a pier in Cromer as far back as 1391…
Although in those days it was more likely to be used as a jetty!
Now, there’ve been a few piers over the centuries at Cromer.
The 1822 cast iron pier was totally destroyed in a severe storm whilst the wooden pier which replaced it was damage beyond repair by being hit by a careless coal boat.
The current pier dates back to 1902.
The Pavilion Theatre situated at the end of the pier is well known locally for being very haunted.
The theatre is said to be haunted by an Irish impresario called Dick Condon.
Many performers at the theatre have been totally freaked out when they’ve witnessed his ghostly apparition appear on stage next to them whilst they’re performing!
Visitors and members of staff alike have also witnessed the ghostly apparition of a man in a tall black hat and an ashen face man with jet black hair.
Frightened members of staff have also reported poltergeist activity at the Pavilion.
They’ve witnessed objects being move on their own accord and bottles and glasses being mysteriously smashed by an unknown force in the bar area.
In one of the theatre’s corridors terrified witnesses have reported hearing the eerie sounds of a phantom man and on another occasion a ghostly woman laughing and singing.
It was said that the old lifeboat shed on the pier was once haunted by the spirits of past lifeboatmen.
It’s now believed that the ghostly lifeboatmen have migrated to the theatre its surrounding area.
Some shocked visitors to the pier have reported seeing the ghostly apparitions of scrawny medieval looking figures walking along the pier in clothing made out of rags and sackcloth!
Many people believe that they’re the spirits from the lost town of Shipden which is now under the sea just off the coast of Cromer.
Local legend states that the bell from Shipden long lost church can be heard ringing a warning sign when a severe storm is coming.
Visitors to the pier have been scared witless after hearing the sound of ghostly cries coming from the sea…
Some say that there’re the tragic cries from long lost sailors!
In 2009, the Most Haunted team felt that Cromer Pier was so haunted that it warranted an investigation.
The resulting episode was a really good one which I recommend you watch if you haven’t already!
On Yvette’s walkabout with the medium Patrick Matthews, Patrick picked up on a spirit of a lady called Elizabeth from the 1920s who witnessed a murder on the stage.
Apparently, the accidental murder took place during a play, probably Macbeth, where an unknown actress was strangled to death!
Back stage, Yvette had a spirit mimic her singing whilst out on the pier Patrick saw phantom ships out at sea and the vision of a castle and some land…
The team deducted it must be associated with the long lost town of Shipden!
During the night investigation, Yvette saw an apparition of a man in the corridor behind the stage whilst Stuart and Karl were physically affected by something unknown in the stage area.
Frank Meeres (2010) Paranormal Norfolk. Amberley