2 bedroom terraced house for saleCromer, Norfolk, NR27
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Sitting a 10-minute walk from the award-winning Cromer beach on the north Norfolk coast, the Lecture Hall is a 1,100 sq ft, two-bedroom converted from a 19th century building with a rich history by the architect Jim Bond. A low maintenance, cleanly styled and adaptable interior make the Hall an ideal holiday rental or weekend seaside retreat.
Occupying the front portion of the original building, the Lecture Hall has a fantastically light and airy interior. An entrance hall opens out into a combined living / kitchen / dining area with mezzanine bedroom / bathroom level above. A freestanding kitchen sits under this mezzanine. Original parquet flooring runs throughout the ground floor space. Skylights in the exposed pitched roof allow plentiful amounts of natural light to wash the rooms below.
From the hallway, stairs lead up to the mezzanine containing two semi-private sleeping areas set either side of a landing / study with great views into the living space below and out through the skylights above. A good sized bathroom with porthole window sits above the entrance hallway. All internal walls are painted timber.
Of particular interest is the projection room for an optical or ‘magical’ lantern built over the porch of the property. The magic lantern was at the height of its popularity in the 1880s and 1890s and was the forerunner to film and the cinema (the invention of film would come in 1895). Talks and shows using the lantern were very well attended and The Band of Hope nationally made great use of lantern slides as a means of education. For a building to be constructed with a projection room and large screen painted directly onto the wall made the Lecture Hall a rare type of building.
The building was originally commissioned by the Cromer branch of the Band of Hope Temperance movement and opened on the 10th June 1891 (a plaque above the front doors announce the name of the building and date completed), serving as a Lecture Hall to educate the local population to take a more controlled attitude to alcohol consumption. The initial conversion (completed in 2001 by architect Jim Bond), originally provided a studio and open plan house for contemporary artist Vanda Harvey.
The Lecture Hall sits on a quiet residential street tucked behind the town centre, close to both the station, shops and restaurants. Famous for its eponymous crab, by the 1880s Cromer had become a fashionable attraction for the Victorians and then Edwardians and retains much of this old world charm, particularly visible in a string of grand hotels along the seafront and a magnificent pier. Cromer offers summer concerts and shows on the pier and a host of food, culture and arts festivals throughout the year. It has two blue flag beaches (beach huts can be hired either weekly or longer for residents), and the award winning North Norfolk coast path passes through the area, providing easy access to a great scenic walks.
The Norfolk Broads are close by and accessible by bus or train, whilst the Coasthopper bus service makes it easy to explore North Norfolk generally. During the months of March to October there are several historic homes to visit, including Sandringham, Norfolk Estate of the Queen, and National Trust properties at Blickling & Felbrigg. The Holkham Estate, with its stunning beach, wildlife reserve and magnificent house and grounds, is within easy reach by car.
Cromer has a good selection of galleries and an independent cinema; a golf course and tennis courts are five minutes away. There are primary and secondary schools locally and private education is offered at Gresham’s public school in nearby Holt as well as Beeston Hall preparatory school which is only about 2 minutes along the coast towards Sheringham.
Trains to London Liverpool Street and Kings Cross run every hour and take just under 3 hours (via Norwich, 40-minutes from Cromer station) and the A11 is accessible by car in around 50 minutes.
Property ref: 121_2280_3858671
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