Great Yarmouth, Wellington Pier And The Winter Garden c.1955
Photo ref: G56036
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This pier opened in 1854. It was acquired by the Corporation in 1900, and they rebuilt the pier with a pavilion and promenade in 1903. In the same year they purchased the glass Winter Garden from Torquay, dismantled it and erected it beside the pier entrance. From the 1950s some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Bob Monkhouse, Harry Secombe and Dick Emery, appeared at the pier.

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On May 11, 1902 the Sunderland registered schooner 'Flown' caught fire off Lowestoft.
I also remember this tower as my Great grandmother, Elizabeth Welham lived under the tower when I was a boy. This would be in the late 1940's/ 1950's. The door to her rooms was just inside the archway and you would take one step down into a small kitchen. It was very dark inside, but homely as granny always cooked cinnamon cake which gave off a lovely smell. She made us lemonade made from sherbet. A few years ...see more
This is Row 45, also known as St. John's Head Row after a public house on the south west corner. The pub still exists today. The row ran from North Quay to George Street. The photograph is shown looking towards George Street. The area suffered much damage from air raids in the 2nd world war.
This cottage was in fact the prow of a boat which had been cut off and erected, almost like a sentry box, and stood near the Nelson Monument on South Denes. There was an article in the Yarmouth Mercury ( 10/11/72 ) which featured this cottage but its accompanying photo was very grainy and I am curious about its history. That particular photo also had my great grandfather's brother standing on the ...see more