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:-