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If I drive 3 miles down the A143, the congested route of Beccles Road, or the A47 (formerly A11, renamed to make us think we’d got a new dual carriageway?), I arrive in Great Yarmouth. It’s a funny place, desperately rundown in parts, yet with buildings and beaches that if they were in Aldeburgh, Southwold or North Norfolk, would have second homers flocking here.
It’s a town that is in need of inward investment and some increase in living wages as the poorness of the area is clear for all to see. In Norfolk terms, it seems an incongruous place, particularly given the regeneration of its neighbouring town, Gorleston, which, in my 11 years here, has seen massive improvement in amenities and property prices.
Great Yarmouth though is not so Great, which to my eyes, wandering the town and its periphery today is a bit of a shame.
Politically, I don’t align with the dominant politics here, yet I do feel some pride in what this freelance web designer and copywriter unearths on visits every month or so.
Great Yarmouth market
Take the market place. It’s a bit forlorn in parts, and rescued mainly by the many chip stalls. It’s surrounded by grand buildings, that have seen better days admittedly, that show its former stature.
Daniel Defoe called Great Yarmouth a finer place than Norwich – I think his opinion would probably change now.
The Fisherman’s Hospital, 1703
But wandering away from the gulls and chips, there’s a fisherman’s hospital on the east side, with almshouses and impressive statues and wall plaques dating from 1703. Across the road, St Nicholas Church or the Minster, is the largest parish church I believe in Britain. It has several claims to fame – Anna Sewell, of Black Beauty fame, was born next to it and the churchyard was notorious for body snatching.
Head east and Sainsbury’s car park is lined with medieval castle walls; these remnants are dotted around the town.
Northgate Street is home to houses of real historical merit, one of which we viewed and have written about before here, and the oldest residential building is in this area – dating back to pre 1400.
That’s some history.
South Quay is arguably more impressive – it looks out over the Yare and the herring trawler that is free to visit that marks the town’s fishing past, the Lydia Eva. The town hall is magnificent, as is the former Post Office, Star Hotel and banks that line this section.
Museums, like Elizabethan House and the Nelson Museum dot the quayside along with impressive Georgian structures like the Port Commissioner’s home, which is beautiful. I chatted today with the owner there as I was taking photos and learned more about its heritage and history.
The Rows also run along North Quay and South Quay – alleyways that are still numbered with many being cleared or bombed in World War 2. These provided access between the town centre and quayside and were bustling, I’d imagine, back in the day.
Time and Tide Museum sits off South Quay, as does the impressive Tolhouse Gaol, which is 13th century.
The seafront is no slouch either – the Hippodrome circus remains Britain’s only surviving permanent indoor circus – and the shows are superb; grand Georgian hotels, the wooden rollercoaster at the Pleasure Beach and the iconic Snails in Joyland, which are listed. There’s a Royal Naval Hospital which is now residential and sought after as a place to live.
The beach is brilliant, with the sea cleanliness rated as excellent by the Environment Agency, as I blogged about on The Old Hall Caister’s website here.
The town of Great Yarmouth, from the outside looking in, has lots of potential. It has wealth from offshore and tourism, but I feel needs an injection of cash, lots of it, to make the town have some renewed civic pride.
It has beaches, broads, woodland walks and, despite my constant itchy feet for movement, Great Yarmouth is the place I’ve called home now for the longest period of my life.
That should tell you something about the town and area.