Great Yarmouth (1)

Once a year, I go on an excursion to an east coast resort: this year to Great Yarmouth, an unexpectedly interesting large and historic town, with a huge medieval parish church, the remains of its town walls, complete with surviving circular brick-and-flint towers, and the so-called Rows, little medieval alleyways which connected the three main streets until heavily bombed in the war. Much good eighteenth-century building, when the town was prosperous from the herring trade. And grand nineteenth-century pleasure palaces, including a hippodrome, dating from when the railway arrived and the day tripper.

We started at the Fishermen’s Hospital, almshouses provided by the Corporation for retired fishermen in 1702. Good plasterwork decoration and a statue of Charity in the middle:-

Pevsner is a bit sniffy about St. George, but it was designed by John Price, a London architect, and has a good English baroque quality, now turned appropriately into a theatre:-

Later, we poked our nose inside to see the lightly adapted interior, now well used:-

Opposite, on King Street, are the old Church Rooms, all brick and terracotta, now decayed:-

These are two shots of the Rows, each with their number prominently displayed:-

Then we came across the first of the surviving medieval towers, now inhabited:-

The last stop before lunch were the two Row Houses which were preserved by the Office of Works after the war, with their good surviving woodwork and plasterwork ceilings:-


3 thoughts on “Great Yarmouth (1)

  1. Sue Harvey says:

    Dear Mr Charles Aumarez Smith ,
    Yesterday on a day visit to GY I went to the ‘Time and Tide ‘ museum , i came out buzzing as I had found something positive to do with GY that wasn’t chips off the market. I commute regularly between London and Gorleston and have seen ( and commented to friends ) the continuing decline of the sea side town of Great Yarmouth, even sadly saying to friends for them not to visit the town when they come to stay at my flat , but recommending them to go to other parts of East Anglia.instead. Yesterday this changed and I am determined to do something about people’s views about the area ( including mine)
    I had already started this , by making a trail of places used by Danny Boyle when filming the soon to be released movie Yesterday ’, some of which was filmed in Gorleston ( the house opposite my parents was used for a fortnight to film in ) , so some locations used In the movie I already know , however I have to wait for the picture to come out in a couple of months time to take this trail for friends to use, to the next stage
    I am hoping that one of your annual excursions to an east coast resort will be to Gorleston on Sea … to see not only the beach but also the Pavilion theatre
    Thank you again for helping restore my faith in the area .
    Sue Harvey

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