Cley next the Sea, Norfolk

Cley next the Sea was an important trading port in the Middle Ages and is now best known for its renowned nature reserve. Between the village and the sea, you will finds Cley Marshes, owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust – is their oldest and best known nature reserve. Sitting on the winding (and often very busy) coastal road of north Norfolk, the village retains some traces of its maritime past among impressive houses, church and other features.

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cley next the Sea: George CTC 1   Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cley next the Sea: George CTC 2
'The George' (& Dragon) in Cley has a prominently lettered and painted sign in the pediment. It is noticeable across the marshes.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cley next the Sea: George CTC 2a
The truncation of the public house name is traditional; The George & Dragon in Farnham, Suffolk was always referred to as 'Farnham George' by locals. It is also easier to fit into a tight space on a facade: a decorative condensed letterform, heightened in white.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Cley next the Sea: George CTC 32022 images courtesy David Gaylard
An important feature is mounted in a blind window at first floor level. The CTC 'winged wheel' roundel looks untouched and in good condition. Our page on Northgate Street in Ipswich has more details of the Cyclists Touring Club motif and it significance, along with links to other examples.


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