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Photo:Great Yarmouth Beach packed with holiday makers, 1950s

Great Yarmouth Beach packed with holiday makers, 1950s

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By Laura Matthews

If the photographs and information on the site bring back any memories about Great Yarmouth, please click on the link to 'add a comment' at the bottom of each page, to add your information.

For example, maybe this photograph of Yarmouth beach packed with holiday makers brings back some memories of holidays of your own.

This page was added by Laura Matthews on 21/03/2007.
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What a treat your web site is. I have been coming to your county since I was 15yrs old I am now 57yrs and have a caravan at Burgh Hall which I will retire to. A wonderful county and lovely people congratulations on a lovely web site.

By Carol Tarbox
On 06/08/2007

Hello there,
I spent many summers at Great Yarmouth during the late 1940's to mid fifties and have lots of memories of the town.
I am now 64 living in Florida.

By tony shrouder
On 16/08/2007

Very interesting site with plenty of archive photos, but as a seaside town suprisingly little on how visitors travelled there at the height of the British Seaside Holiday i.e by train and motor bus. I thought the resort owed its very existence to the railway!

By Tony Bettger
On 10/12/2007

I was doing a little search of the web and I came across this site, my dad is a David Nutman and he has a younger Brother by the name of Ridley Nutman they were both sons of Dennis Nutman from Dovercourt (not yet sure where he was from originally) - is there any relation to this family??

By Andy Nutman
On 22/11/2008

I found this site by accident looking for some pictures of Gt Yarmouth. My husband was a bookbinder apprentice at John Buckles Printers. Great site and I will be a regular reader.
Doris Beckett Western Australia

By Doris Beckett
On 11/01/2010

Hi Doris,
I found the website the same way as you --- it's very interesting. Born in England --- I lived in West Australia for 10yrs before moving to the U.S. Are you an Aussie ? I remember John Buckles. My husband was a Printer before he died 11yrs ago. He was American --- & we met here in Sacramento. I think it's great that I can meet up with old friends via this website.
I also like to see the photos of Yarmouth & Gorleston how things have changed over the years. Have a Happy New Year.
Molly Yow January 12 - 2010.

By Molly Nutman Yow
On 04/03/2010

Hi there, it is exactly one year after my visit to Great Yarmouth on my trip to the UK. Great Yarmouth just like its name, it is a great place, nice people. I wished I will visit it again. Please accept the best wishes to you all there from a Chinese guy.

By Robert Cai
On 14/06/2010

Can anyone decipher this:- Gt Y.L.S.A.S. I think it is Great Yarmouth Ladies S.A.S.? It is engraved on a Goblet and was won yearly by a lady between 1910 and 1937. It is called the D'Olier Cup presented by Mrs I.J.D'Olier

By Brian D'Olier
On 19/04/2011

I was born in Great Yarmouth in September 1963. St Nicholas Hospital, on\near King Street. I think it is now a block of apartments. My parents Nora and Ken Ford had a shop on Regent Road right next door to the Wax Works. In fact, we rented the land from the owners who were (and still are) very good friends. Now, my childhood was quite confusing, because we lived in Salford during the winter, and would travel down to Great Yarmouth at the start of the season. So, around the start of April, we would pack up a big van and drive the same route…..Salford, Stockport, Disley, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Newark, Sleaford, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Acle and of course Great Yarmouth. We always used to stop on the way at RAF Cranwell for a picnic, and get a brew from The Little Chef. When I was younger, I used to go to school in Salford over the winter and Edward Worledge from April to October. It was very confusing to say the least. During the summer holidays, my cousin used to come down to keep me company, and we used to get up to all sorts……I also had a friend called David Mann whose parents were friendly with my parents. Mollie and Tedd Mann owned the kipper shop on Regent Road, and the ‘monkey shop’ next door. Mollie ran the kipper shop, sending boxes all over the world, whilst Tedd used to take pictures of people with spider monkeys (dressed in clothes) on their shoulders. David and I used to dress the monkeys in the morning, they had little shorts, jumpers, hats e.t.c. We used to get pocket money and nip over the road to Pownall’s where we would buy little airfix plastic soldiers and go back to David’s flat over the shop and play war games, whilst watching ‘Herge’s adventures of Tin Tin’. Mollie and Ted lived in Streatham London, but we lost touch with them years ago. We were also friendly with Sammy the Purse King, and his wife Ninka. I think they were from Luton. They had a shop in between the bowling alley and the cinema. As I got older, my mum thought I should stop wasting my time chasing girls, and extracting money from the numerous slot machine arcades on the prom. This was the days before alarms on slots, so my cousin and I would take turns to keep a look out, and then one of us would ‘bump’ the machine and hopefully clean up the pennies that dropped out. We even found some ingenious ways to get prizes out of non slot machines, by breaking candy floss sticks in certain places, so we could put them up the chute of the machine, and knock prizes into the hopper. I think we ended up getting banned from most arcades. Anyway, when I was old enough, the owners of the wax works, employed me to distribute change and fix machines in the amusement arcade at the back of the wax works. There were some lovely old machines in there, and I know some of them are still going strong now. I also worked in the New Beach Hotel at the top of Regent Road as a waiter, and won’t go into detail about what we used to get up to in the kitchen….yuk. My dad used to work the market on Wednesdays, Friday’s and Saturday, but used to spend all the takings in William Hills at the back of the ABC theatre. Mum wasn’t impressed. My parents worked long hours, with the shop opening at 09:00 and often staying open until 22:00 7 days per week. Hard graft….they were grafters. It is a dying art. Getting a pitch of people and keeping them interested until you went for the kill at the end, and sold as many items as you could before they wandered away. My memories of Great Yarmouth are numerous. I think about every day, as they were fantastic times. From back to front, I remember Breydon Water…sinking on the mud flats. The Golden Galleon, stock cars, a drunken captain crashing a ship into New Haven Bridge, shopping arcades, seeing Norman Wisdom at the ABC theatre, going to the Aquarium cinema every day for a week to see James Bond films for 10p. The open air baths….a fella with one leg used to dive off the high diver….he was the only person I ever saw who would go all the way up to the top. The water was always freezing, and cockroaches used to float to the corners near where the ladders were to get out. I remember Cow Town, Wrestling in the Marina, the Waterways and Vetesses on Regent Road where they served great ice cream. I used to go crabbing on the jetty. I spent days\nights on end chatting up girls on the Pleasure Beach, mostly in the Fun House. My cousin and I would often go to Wellesley coach station on a Friday or Saturday, with a baggage trolley. We would then offer to carry the bags of people getting off the coaches to their B&B’s. The coach park used to be rammed with coaches. We would charge 50p, and most of the time damage the bags, because they would always fall off the trolley. The beach was and still is superb. Not sure if they still do boat trips to Scroby Island, but they used to pack em in. People I remember are few and far between, Susan Mather, Carol Church, Mandy Hollis and Lesley Edwards who lived opposite the gas works on Nelson Road South. I think Carol’s mum used to work in the Aquarium Cinema, and Susan Mather’s parents owner the Resthaven Guest House up near Wellington pier. Other weird and wonderful things I can remember are……Britannia Pier, hot side and cold side? As you look at the pier, the left hand side was always in the shade of the buildings because of the position of the sun. The right hand side was always hot, and I burnt my feet once, and coming up the steps from the beach to the pier, and standing on the wooden boards that had been baking in the sun. I remember a ship wreck, up near the harbour mouth, near where the outer harbour has been built. There were signs warning not to swim out to it, which of course I ignored and cut my foot on the rusty wreck. Gorleston boating pond…… which is still there. I remember near GY market there was an alleyway next to a school that took you into a graveyard, next to the old town walls. You could climb a turret overlooking the abattoir and get a great view of Yarmouth. I remember a ladybird invasion one summer when everywhere was covered with them. Recent times. I love to go back to GY. I took the kids back 6/7 years ago and we had a lovely time….crabbing off the jetty. Hippodrome Circus, they loved it. Actually went back last month for a week. Stayed in Winterton on Sea just up the coast, but went into GY every day. Everything about the place holds a memory for me. We now have a home in Florida as well as Salford, but given the choice of a week in Florida or a week in Great Yarmouth, you know what I would choose;-)

By Mitch Ford
On 05/08/2011

Researching Staff family of Great Yarmouth, anybody got any information ? Some relatives worked in the Silk Factory and lived in the Rows.

By Jill Anderson
On 12/06/2016

My Grandmother used to live at 5 Dickies building, South Market Road, Great Yarmouth. Her maiden name was Edith Fulcher Dye and she married George Staff.

By jill anderson
On 21/06/2016

My name is Michael Lockwood and I was born in Great Yarmouth in 1942

What a wonderful website you have put toogether, why is it that one finds such an interesting document as life is entering the twilight zone.

I read with interest the items on the`53`floods that I have many memories of, and was wondering if you have recollections of the`47`freeze-in.




By Michael Lockwood
On 23/11/2018


im trying to find out if anyone can help with history or photos of Belfort Street, it was beside the old Gouts Silk factory … A previous poster ‘Bob Randall‘ did mention he had photos of family who lived there but he last posted in 2014 ?( i think ) 

my family lived at No 2 Belfort Place, plus various houses in the Rows ..No 32 & 47 plus a few others . They once owned a shop and listed as a Brazier / Tin man / Metal worker 


hopefully someone can help 

 Many Thanks 

Jason Hatch


By Jason Hatch
On 07/11/2022

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