Ramble Round the Town


A Ramble Round The Town

By William Finch-Crisp



Great Yarmouth, from the shape of the peninsula on which it stands, is built in the form of a long and irregular parallelogram, comprising about 140 acres, and extending upwards of a mile from north to south and half-a-mile in breadth. It is bounded on the east by the German Ocean, and on the west is separated. from Southtown and. Gorleston by the River Yare, from which the town derives its name. It is the principal seaport and second town and. borough, as to magnitude, in the county of Norfolk. Yarmouth is distant from London 146.5 miles by the Great Eastern Railway via Camhridge; 121 miles by the East Suffolk Branch via lpswich; and 123 miles by turnpike road. From Norwich 19 miles by road and. 21 by rail; from Ipswich 54 miles; and from Bury St. Edmund's 59 miles; being in 52 deg. 35 min. north latitude, and in 1 deg. 46 min. east longitude from the meridian of Greenwich.

We simply ask our courteous visitors for their kind indulgence, and we will take them for a walk round the town, and point out the various places of interest along the route. Let us make our starting point at the bottom of Regent Road, where will be observed the Britannia Pier, to the north-west of which is the Aquarium; beyond this, along the drive to the north, is a long stretch of shore leading to the fishing village of Caister (noted for the bravery of its beachmen in rescuing shipwrecked crews, and as possessing the ruined Castle of Sir John Fastolf, K.G.) Proceeding up Regent Road on the right-hand side, the first opening leads to the Baptist Tabernacle (Wellesley Road.); further up the Regent Road is the Catholic Church and United Methodist Free Church. A roadway on the same side in a diagonal direction leads to St. George's Park, and another Baptist Chapel (Crown Road). On the south side of the Park is the Temporary Grammar School or Board School (Trafalgar Road), and the Brittish School (St. George's Road). At the top of Regent Road is the Wesleyan Chapel, and opposite is the Theatre Royal. We now reach King Street, and cannot fail to notice some of the Rows so graphically described by the late Charles Dickens. Proceeding to the right or north will lead, to the Market Place, the most prominent buildings surrounding this immense area being the Yarmouth Savings Bank, Charity School, the Fish Market and Butchery, the Hospital School, Fisherman's Hospital; and at the far end, through an avenue of trees, the noble Parish Church of St. Nicholas (many times referred to in this work), together with the Priory School and Library; and but a few paces from them, the new Primitive Methodist Temple and School-rooms. Opposite to these across the Church Plain is the Brewery of Sir Edmund Lacon, M.P. To the north of this, at the foot of Fuller's Hill, the road straight away (North Gate Street) will bring us to the Workhouse, Contagious Diseases Hospital, the North Denes, Roman Catholic Burial Ground and Mortuary, and beyond these Caister village (as before noticed). Returning and passing over Fuller's Hill, we observe on the right the Suspension Bridge and. the North-west Tower; to the left are St. Andrews Church and Schools, and the Vauxhall Railway Bridge (North Quay). Continuing our route along the North Quay soutlward will bring us to the Hall Quay, where we shall notice an entrance to Broad and Market Rows, the Southtown Bridge (a roadway to the East Suffolk Railway Station and the hamlet of Gorleston). At the foot of the bridge is the London Steam Navigation Company's Wharf; opposite are a number of banks and hotels; and at the south-east corner is the Town Hall, Police Station, &c.; also Regent Street (in which the General Post Office is situate). If we direct our steps along the South Quay, we shall get a, good sight of the shipping in harbour. Facing the river Yare, we pass in succession the Custom House, Public Library, Schools of Science and Art, Mariners' Chapel (close to which latter is St. James Church and Schools, Primitive Methodist Chapel, and Navel Asylum, Queen's Road), Smack Boys' Home, Hull and Newcastle Wharves, Trinity Warehouses and Observatory, the Gas Factory, Fish Wharf, and, on the South Denes, the Nelson Monument, and thence on to the harbour's mouth; but being a long journey, we prefer to make our way nearer the sea, on to the Marine Parade, near to the South Battery. Passing the Militia Barracks, the site of the Militia Depot Centre, and the east-front of the Navel Lunatic Asylum (as before noticed), we arrive at the Wellington Pier, fronting which are the Assembly Rooms and Shadingfield Lodge. Passing several hotels, interspersed, between large residences, will bring us to The Jetty, Public Bath Rooms, Fish Depot, and Sailors' Home, to the rear being St. John's Church (York Road). Near the Home, is the Coast Guard Station, and further on the New Grammar School (Trafalgar Road), we shortly arrive at the starting point - the Aquarium. If, when we were in Regent Street, near the Town Hall, we had tned up Middlegate Street, we should. there have found Middlegate Independent Chapel, The Old (Unitarian) Meeting House, the Old Borough Gaol and Tolhouse-hall, and the Masonic Hall. Turning to the left at the end of MiddIegate Street into Friar's Lane, we shall again reach King Street (south end) and passing north from that point to Regent Street, we pass the Methodist New Connexion Chapel, St. Peter's Church: and Schools a little to the rear (St. Peter's Road.). Before coming up to St. George's Chapel, an opening (York Road.) takes us to the Rifle Drill Hall and New Board School (St.Peter's Plain). On a road at the back of St. George's is the Yarmouth Hospital (Dene Side), and adjoining each other in King Street are the Independent Chapel and St. George's Hall, a few yards from. Regent Street. This walk embraces every place of interest in the borough, with the exception of the Silk Factory (St. Nicholas' Road), close to the proposed Stalham Railway Station (Nelson Road). To get to Gorleston we may either take a ferry boat opposite the Monument or cross over the Hall-quay Bridge, and preferring the latter, after passing the Southown Railway Station we next come to St. Mary's Church, the Armoury (used as Barracks), and Southtown Gas Works. In Gorleston will be found several places of interest, including the Parish Church, various Chapels and Schools, the Tramway Terminus; but the most delightful treat of all is a roam on to the Pier at the Harbour's mouth or on to the top of Gorleston cliffs, the latter commanding extensive views of land and German Ocean, and is very picturesque.

This document is part of Crisp's History Of Yarmouth and has been left in its original form. By Ron Taylor

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