The seaside town of Cromer was 'discovered' in 1883 by the writer and journalist Clement Scott (1841-1904) who, tired of more sophisticated British or European resorts, had written enthusiasically of what he called 'a queer, ancient, rambling village' – the only charm its simplicity, 'the only recreation its rest'. Scott's poem The Garden of Sleep and his evocation of what he called 'Poppyland' transformed Cromer and the north-east Norfolk area into a veritable Mecca for contemprary writers and littérateurs, while the soubriquet 'Poppyland' survived for many years as an important element in local tourist publicity – the Poppyland 'brand' having been eagerly taken up and exploited by the Great Eastern Railway. Maria Louisa Jermy (1864-1935), the 'hostess' of the old Mill House at Sidestrand, plays a central part in the story of 'Poppyland', but a slight mystery arises in that she appears to be absent from the 1891 and 1911 census, although she is listed in 1881 and 1911. How can anyone just disappear - was she overseas (unlikely) or did she change her name? It is all rather odd.