Hopton on Sea

Hopton on Sea, Norfolk

Postcard dating from the 1960’s showing Hopton on Sea in Norfolk. We started to travel up here on our family holidays in the 1950’s. Dad worked on the railways so was able to get a reduced rate ticket. At that time Hopton still had a Railway and our holiday camp was next door to the Station. If you look at the lower section of this card you will see Station Road and the railway bridge in the distance. We use to pack our trunk about a week before and sent it ahead of us by train direct to the holiday camp. When we arrived at the station the local children were waiting to meet the train with the carts to carry to holiday makers cases to the camp to earn a few extra pennies. The site was called Grooms Holiday Camp, accommodation was a wooden chalet with no mod con’s. Meals were provided in a large hall, anyone coming in late would have to pay a forfeit. The photo below shows me and my brother running across the central field, the chalets are in the background with the railway embankment and station behind.

HOPTON STATION

The beach was about 10 minutes walk, passing by a small newspaper shop where one could buy a bucket and spade and postcards and ice cream. The beach was accessed by a low cliff and was at that time a wide expanse of sand as shown on the postcard.72 HOP (1)

We spent many a happy hour there and later we could have a long walk along the cliff top. Times have changed, the railway has gone with only the road name to remind us that there ever was a Station here. The beach and cliff has been much eroded and there are new coastal defences to hold back the forces of nature. I still like returning this part of East Anglia, it brings back many memories of happy holidays.

 

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