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Having a fondness for Cley, I thought I would leave this note. I was born in Blakeney and moved to Cley at one year old, when my father built a house for is ever growing family. My parents still live in Cley - probably two of the oldest living locals left. Lets face it, everyone else is from out of town. I get so upset when I visit now, it's not the lovely village I grew up in, the school has closed, the butchers has closed, the local supermarket has closed, the post office has gone, the petrol station and garage has gone. It's becoing ever difficult for them to get their pension, a newspaper or any basic thing that they might need. What do we have instead, a pottery, numerous art shops,tea shops, a deli (my parents wouldn't know what to do with sun dried tomato bread or feta cheese with olives) - nothing much of any use to local people! Where are all the children that I went to school with - well they all had to move away, because there are no jobs and we couldn't afford to buy a house. So while you all visit every year or stay in your second home (maybe one I could have bought had I been able to afford it) think about those local children who grew up there and loved every minute of their rural surroundings. I would do anything to have it back the way it was 35 - 40 years ago.
Mind you, living on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales does has it's compensations - only one draw back, it doesn't have the sea or my family.

Admin reply: It's a problem many tourist traps have had to deal with made even worse with very high house prices versus relatively low wages sadly, thanks for the comments.


Added: July 3, 2008
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I wonder how many folks have been watching the TV programme `Coast`. The most recent one had some good coverage of Cley and interesting comments about its history such as the port and area of commerce in days gone by. Additionally there have been some good aerial footage of Cley in past programmes.

Admin reply: The full length unedited version where they go round the village is excellent well worth a look, in fact well worth buying the series on DVD


Added: June 6, 2008
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I have just read that Lorna Beckett is looking for two houses at Cley next the Sea if she would like to contact me.
Robert Mann


Added: May 29, 2008
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my grandad percy dawson came from here. if anyone has info on dawsons please contact me

Added: May 17, 2008
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My great-grandmother, Florence Thurston was from Cley her parents were Robert Thurston & Thirza Pratt.Whilst I have been able to do quite a bit of research via the internet hopefully one day I will visit Cley and be able to see for myself the houses the family lived in and find more records in the church. Does anyone know anything about the Thurston name in Cley ? Any information would be most welcome.

Added: May 12, 2008
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Hello,

I am trying to find out all I can about a house in Cley called Umgeni and the cottage next to this called Umtata as the famous war poet Rupert Brooke was staying at the latter when WW1 was declared in 1914 - he was visiting his friends, the poet, Frances Cornford and her husband Francis Cornford [Cambridge professor] who were living/staying at Umgeni.

I'm trying to find out where theses cottages are in Cley as I would love to see them - I don't suppose you know of them?

With best wishes,
Lorna Beckett


Added: May 9, 2008
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Good to see so many people showing an interest!
Malcolm - I've sent you an email. Rory


Added: April 7, 2008
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I was interested in contacting RORY LONG seeing he came from Cley where my family had its origins at least back to the 1700s buit also because of my connection with ABERDEEN where I worked some years ago,married a local lass and visit there as often as we can
Malcolm High


Added: February 27, 2008
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We go to our Caravan in North Norfolk all year long & one of our favourite places is Cley. We park up at the community centre to walk around the village, or to the new bird centre. The best day out though is to walk to the point and walk along to see the seals. Then back to Cley & if in time into Cookes for one of their delicious soups.
Will be bringing the Grand kids this year as we know they'll love the freedom there.


Added: February 6, 2008
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Added: January 31, 2008
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