Sunday, 21 October 2012

Week of 29 June 1953

Tuesday, 30 June

47 Hamilton Terrace - Cromer

A lovely morning. Mabel arrived in her taxi and we drove together to Liverpool St to catch the 12.30 train to Cromer. A very comfortable journey and we reached Cromer soon after 4 o'clock and drove to the Hotel de Paris. Only half a dozen people in the hotel but it has the advantage that they were willing to change the back bedrooms we had booked for two overlooking the sea. Very comfortable. We went out both before and after dinner.

Wednesday, 1 July

Hotel de Paris, Cromer

Woke to a thick sea mist which cleared by degrees though there was hardly any sun. But a pleasant day and we were able to sit out a lot. We decided against doing any tour.

Thursday, 2 July

Another wretched day. Cold, overcast and quite sunless. Mabel started at 10 o'clock by Orange coach for King's Lynn with a short stop at Sandringham and tea at Fakenham, getting back at 6.30.

I took a Green-Grey coach at 2.30 for Holkham Hall (Lord Leicester's place), tea at Wells, got back at 6.30. Very disappointed with Holkham, both mansions and grounds. The pictures of course are magnificent but I am too blind to see them. I saw the Coronation Robes of Lady Leicester and Lady Anne Coke.

Saturday, 4 July

A definitely better day. After stupidly missing one bus to Overstrand at the car park, we took a second one and found Cliffside, where Mabel and mother, Lil and Roddy had spent the summer of 1907. I then walked back to Cromer by the edge of the cliffs and the links, and Mabel returned by bus.

Sunday, 5 July

A lovely day at last. After lunch we went by Green-Grey coach to Blickling Hall - the former home of Lord Lothian (Philip Keir). A quite lovely Jacobean mansion with glorious grounds. Then on to tea at North Walsham where I idiotically left my beach bag, but it was subsequently retrieved. Home by Mundesley. Sat out after dinner.

Blickling Hall

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