Festive shop window displays in Cromer

Traditionally Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry, and what better place to stock up on those festive treats than in your local high street. In Cromer shopkeepers have made a real effort this year with some stunning window displays.

The first display windows in shops were installed in the late 18th century in London, where levels of conspicuous consumption were growing rapidly.

Retailer Francis Place was one of the first to experiment with this new retailing method at his tailoring establishment in Charing Cross, where he fitted the shop-front with large plate glass windows.

Here is a selection of photographs featuring Cromer high street shops in festive mood.