Regency Flats Marine Parade

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The Regency Flats

Norfolk Museum Service-Percy Trett archive

By Rutheva Woodcock


The history of the Regency Flats on Marine Parade is fascinating. Originally they were known as Sutherland House. It was built by David Falckes, a Yarmouth man who was born at the end of the First World War.  He lived in the house with his wife Emily and his six children (his son Jacob died when he was two years old).  The family had wealthy connections and the house was blessed by the chief Rabbi of England at the time.


Later the House became known as Melton Lodge, The Orthopaedic Hospital School for children.  The School opened in 1929 by Princess Mary and blessed by Aubrey Aitken, the vicar of Yarmouth, who was later to become the Bishop of Lynn.  By 1960 the numbers of children attending had declined and the school finally closed its doors Christmas 1960.


During 1970’s it was renamed as Regency Flats and turned into holiday accommodation.  

This page was added by Rutheva Woodcock on 20/11/2015.
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I was interested to read this passage. I don't have any knowledge of the history of the building you name as Sutherland House, but I've always assumed that it was built in Regency times and is not a Faux building built after the first World War. I was told that my Grandfather, John Runniff Nutman (jr) grew up in that Building (B. 1880) when it was known as Melton Lodge. As my Mother (Daughter of JRN) was born in 1917 there seems to be inaccuracy here, unless Sutherland House was never Melton Lodge? Can anyone confirm the history of the Building?

By Stuart Runniff Hayes
On 26/01/2021


It says... 

Sutherland House  on the west side of Marine Parade, was first built as a gentleman's residence, for David Falke, a wealthy Jew, who had the house blessed by the Chief Rabbi of England. He lived in the house from 1861, but later died on the continent of Cholera.

It ceasing to be used as a private house, one of Mr.Daniel Tomkin's schools opened here ("Sutherland House" School), although the school moved to no.36 Camperdown before the first world war, where there were about 36 pupils. At that time the school was owned and run by Miss Jarvis.

Whilst the German Navy were shelling the town, a shell passed right through the bay window of the older girls class room on the first floor. Travelling up Camperdown, it damaged houses on the west side of Nelson Road South. The schoolgirls helped to clear the mess from the shelling.

A Miss Brown then bought the school, but married an employee of Barclays Bank to become Mrs.Wright. The school eventually moved to Holt after the second world war.  

The house on Marine Parade was re-opened as Melton Lodge, an orthopaedic for children (presumably those with rickets and birth deformities).  It was opened by the Princess Mary, and blessed by Aubrey Aiken, Vicar of Great Yarmouth, on 29th.January, 1921.

The building was converted into the "Regency Flats" in 1970. For several years it has been empty and largely derelict, damaged by fire, but in 1994 a splendid refurbishment as high quality residential flats has been completed by F.W.Wright, builders.

My interest is 3 or 4 Shardalow girls who were educated there in the 1880s

By Cliff Shardalow
On 12/02/2021

Good day Stuart, 

Re: Sutherland House

I have just recently come across this website.  I have been researching my husband's ancestry and his 4x's grandfather Simon Hart, who was the first Jewish pioneer settler in Yarmouth in 1760 and the first one to be buried at the Colby's Gate Jewish Cemetery in 1802. Which Simon was one of the signatories, to lease the land, for the cemetery, in 1801. (Alma and Blackfriars) 

I was investigating the Jewish congregation members,(first they had a synagogue in Row 108, which Simon would have been a member of, and later David Falcke. Later the synagogue moved to Row 42, in 1847 ).  Simon died before David would have been born.  But, I have been looking for all of Simon's children, and that is when I came across David Falcke, whom had the Sutherland House built   lived it in 1861. So it is correct,  that is how the building came into existence. However,  the date for his birth,  in the description of the house is completely wrong.  David Falcke was born 1818 and died in 1866, in Boulogne-sur-mer, Northern France, from a cholera pandemic that year. 

The Chief Rabbi, that was said to have blessed his home, would have been Nathan Marcus Adler 1803-1890. I haven't found any confirmation on that, but I would think that is accurate. 

In regards to the Coby's Gate cemetery, David Falke, would pay the annual rent fee, on the lease and in David's will, he made provisions for his trustees, to continue to do so. 

A lot of information, I got from  Unfortuately, I am not able to copy and paste the websites (I don't know why??)

Rev (Rabbi) Michael Adler, An English Orthodox Rabbi and an Anglo-Jewish historian and author, wrote in the Jewish Chronicle, Sept 13 1895 an article "Notes on the Jews of Yarmouth"-2 pages, and on page 1, he mentions David Falcke, and his home "Sutherland House', on South Beach, opposite the Wellington Pier, (Which is the correct home, checked it out on google maps lol) and his will. 

Jewish Chronicle also has his death notification, on Sept 28, 1866-page 1---"On 1sr inst. at Boulogne-sur-mer, David Falcke Esq., J.P. of 64 Glouceser Place, Portman Square, London and Sutherland House, Great Yarmouth". (Sept 1 1866)

There are a couple more notifications, one stating that David established the Yarmouth "Sailors' Home". Mentions his wife, Emily and brother Isaac names. And that annually spent almost one-third of his income on charities.

I can not find any information of the 'Regency Flats', however when you look on google, you can see that it is now called "Queen Elizabeth Court"

I hope this helps you, with the history of the house, and having confirmation, that it was indeed the 'Sutherland House'!



By Cindy Zimmerman
On 16/01/2022

My Great Aunt Gladys Plane, neé Chapman of Row 90, owned this building until her death, from the 70’s until the 1980’s. She also owned the two bungalows that sit at the back of it. As well as Land, horses, orchards she also owned the Ocean Spray Restaurant ( now an Indian restaurant ). Gladdy bought many properties after the war, for example the group of houses to the right of the St Mary’s Church on Southtown Road. Also working in the restaurants were all if her family members. Just like The Barkers, Vitesse, Docwras Rock, Barrons Amusements, and the Pages used to. 

Gladys was robbed by two men late one night at her home, taking over £50,000 in cash and belongings. Tough old gal still went to work that morning like nothing had happened, even though they’d tried to knock her out at the age of 60 something, she carried on as usual. If you like GY History and need an answer to family trees or building history in the GY area,  just leave a message here. I would be more than happy to help with an area or a person search from 1831 to present. 

By Claire bird
On 30/09/2022

The ongoing history of the Falcke Family is fascinating.ln the Christies Archive in London the catalogue of fine art and antiques disposed of by David Falcke just before his death is one of the largest ever disposals in auction history followed by the astonishing collection of his brother lsaac notable for its ceramics.Some of their respective collections ended up at the V and A and Wallace Collection.

David and Emily had two sons who survived into adulthood....Dudley Falcke who married my Great Great Aunt and rescued Allington Castle in Kent and the Clockhouse in East Barnet.

Douglas his brother became a wealthy stockbroker and Art dealer marrying the most beautiful woman in London......apparently!

David s widow Emily remarried and spent most of her life in ltaly and the South of France and living until 1909.


By David Allam
On 08/05/2024

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