Cromer Cathedral

Volume 7, Issue 176; 01 Oct 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Our visit to Cromer gets its own essay mostly because of the gorgeous panoramic view from the top of the cathedral tower.

Out for a walk, a bite to eat, and pub signs, we drove up to Cromer. The plan was a walk on the beach before lunch, but seeing that the tower was open brought a change of plans.

Cromer Cathedral Steeple
Cromer Cathedral Steeple

I can’t resist ascending to the top of tall spires. There are probably lots of reasons beyond those ascribed by armchair psychologists. There’s something moving about climbing a narrow stone stairway, spiraling up along the path followed by countless individuals over hundreds of years. I find a real connection to the history of a place in those deeply worn steps; 172 of them in this case. And the view from the top is usually to die for.

Cromer Cathedral Panorama
Cromer Cathedral Panorama

That thumbnail is just a small section of the panorama which is shown in full at the top of this essay. The full image is a little over 2mb, larger than I’d usually put up, but worth itCareful inspection will reveal one obvious stitching artifact. I didn’t drag my tripod all the way up there, so it was hand held. By the time I got all the way around, balanced on the top of that pitched roof, I’d shifted a bit and the perspective wasn’t quite right. The passing cloud didn’t help either. I think.

The eroded gargoyles on the towers are very nice too.

Gargoyles on the Cromer Cathedral
Gargoyles on the Cromer Cathedral

We never did get a proper lunch, though we did stop in The King’s Head for a pint and some crisps. Not satisfied with “Salt and Vinegar”, “Sour Cream and Onion”, “Barbecue”, or the hopelessly mundane “original” flavor of potato slices fried in oil, the Brits have gone in for chip flavors as yet unimagined in The States.

Roast Chicken Crisps
Roast Chicken Crisps

“Roast Chicken.” Roast. Chicken. They do, in fact, taste just like roast chicken. Or, more accurately, like potatoes fried in the drippings from a roasted chicken. (Or, most accurately, like potatoes fried and then artificially flavored to taste like they’d been fried in the drippings from a roasted chicken.)

What other flavors were hidden below that counter, I didn’t have the nerve to inquire. Roast chicken flavor was quite adventurous enough for my first pint, thank you very much.

Comments

My favourite crisps by far are Seabrook Worcestershire sauce flavour. One to avoid is "Hedgehog"!

—Posted by Paul Downey on 05 Oct 2004 @ 03:51 UTC #

Here's the full Walkers range: Barbecue, Beef & Onion, Cheese & Onion, Feta and Herb, Greek Kebab, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Marmite Yeast Extract, Pickled Onion, Prawn Cocktail, Ready Salted, Roast Chicken, Salt & Vinegar, Smoky Bacon, Tomato and Basil and Worcester Sauce.

Personally I prefer Seabrooks, and they do Worchester Sauce, Cheese & Onion, Original, Tomato Sauce, Roast Chicken, Smokey Bacon, Salt & Vinegar, Pickled Onion, Cream Cheese & Chives, Beefy, Prawn Cocktail, Cheesy, Spring Onion, Mexican Chilli, Indian Tandoori, Garlic & Herb, Canadian Ham and Sweetcorn.

—Posted by Alan Burlison on 05 Oct 2004 @ 09:06 UTC #

Firstly, it is Cromer church, not cathedral and secondly, isn't it interesting how people have posted only about crisps?

—Posted by James on 24 Jun 2005 @ 11:50 UTC #