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Former lifeboat house, Blakeney Point (2009)
Costessey Park House, stables and kennels parts 1&2
The Chapel of St George, Great Yarmouth (2009)
Former Methodist Chapel, Blofield Heath (2009)
Nos. 1-2 St Martin at Palace Plain, Norwich (2009)
St Swithin's Almshouses, Norwich (2010)
Stable block at Holmwood House residential home, Norwich (2010)
Norwich Blackfriars (2010)
The Cedars, 11 Heigham Grove, Norwich (2010)
The Stable Block, Oxborough Hall (2011)
77 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich (2011)
Itteringham Manor House (2011)
Norwich Blackfriars [part 2] (2011)
Air raid shelter at the Octagon chapel, Norwich (2011)
Curtilage outbuildings at Earlham Hall, Norwich (2012)
The East Range Old Bank of England Court, Norwich (2012)
Great Barn, Shelton Hall (2012)
Gladstone House, 26-28 St Giles Street Norwich [2 reports] (2013)
Boardman House, Norwich (2013)
Old Rectory, Oxborough (2013)
Lodge Farm, Blickling (2014)
Two Bears Hotel, Great Yarmouth (2014)
Barns at Black Carr Farm, Besthorpe [part 2 only] (2014)
Page's Place Lodge, Saham Toney (2014)
Church of St John Evangelist, Ovington (2018)

Nancy Ives Research Papers

  • MC 3015
  • Fonds
  • c 1980-c 2010

The research papers relate to the Dutch and Flemish Strangers and the cloth trade in Norwich and elsewhere during the 16th and 17th centuries. Includes texts of lectures given by Nancy Ives, manuscript and typescript research notes, extracts from and summaries of Strangers' wills and probate inventories, bibliographical lists, and copies of and extracts from published articles and texts.

Nancy Ives; 1930-2012; local historian; Cromer, Hoveton and Norwich, Norfolk

Records relating to Ferryside, High Road, Southtown, Great Yarmouth, and Civil Registration

  • ACC 2014/22
  • Temporary
  • c 1950-2014

Trevor Nicholls, the compiler of this collection, worked at Ferryside from 1965 to 2008, and was Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1976-2008.
Box 1
'The Ferryside Archive' containing essays, photographs, plans and newscuttings, and list of contents, compiled by Trevor Nicholls, 1965-2014 (1 lever-arch file).

Box 2
Photographs of Ferryside mostly taken and captioned by Trevor Nicholls, arranged as follows: interior of building; exterior of building and grounds; immediate vicinity, neighbourhood and river views; people and events, 1976-2011 (4 envelopes in 1 box).

Box 3
Copies of Great Yarmouth Mercury containing references to Register Office, 7 and 14 October 2011 (1 folder).
Edward Henry Harvey Combe 1846-1920 and his extended family' by Trevor Nicholls, 2013 (2 plastic wallets).
Sample of wallpaper used in the redecoration of the Marriage Room (the original drawing room) at Ferryside during the autumn of 1974. Chosen by Jean Goffin, Michael Campbell and Trevor Nicholls. (1 roll).

Box 4
'The Inception of Civil Registration in England and Wales', an Open Univeristy dissertation by Trevor Nicholls, 1974 (1 lever-arch file).

Trevor Nicholls; fl 1959-2008; photographer; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Interview of Jack Barrell, of Whissonsett [by Jean Eaglen]

Subjects covered in interview include childhood memories and family life, education, leisure, health, farming and the Second World War. Places mentioned include Hilborough, Shipdham, Whissonsett and Great Yarmouth.

00:00-05:00 (minutes : seconds) - following introductions, Jack Barrell (JB) remembers his childhood; being born on a Hilborough farm; his father's experience of owning The Swan public house in Hilborough from 1904 onwards, which included 125 acres of land. JB discusses another interviewee with family links to The Swan. JB comments on education at Hilborough School and describes skating on a big lake (which he was trained to dredge with a local tractor owner); and a serious football injury suffered in April 1935 which resulted in his ankle being in plaster for three years.

05:01-10:00 - JB continues to describe football injury, including discomfort of plaster cast; Mr [H.A.] Brittain a surgeon [at both the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and Jenny Lind Hospital for Children]; being in Great Yarmouth hospital [possibly Great Yarmouth General Hospital] when about 12 years-old, including being on beach front and watching beach fishermen; difficulties of returning to school; and favourite subjects at school.

10:01-15:00 - JB describes treatment of other sick patients in Great Yarmouth hospital; coal boat being blown towards pier; being spoilt by the matron; being taken to a flower show (also attended by the Mayor); and his recovery. JB recalls his two brothers joining Swaffham Territorial Army near start of Second World War and subsequent death of one of his brothers in Benghazi, Libya [namely, George Desmond Barrell, gunner in Royal Artillery, c. 1918-1942]; growth of family farm (to include about 50 cows).

15:01-20:00 - JB describes many aspects of farm life, including receiving help from cousin Phoebe; family moving to another farm in 1938; taking over farm following death of his father (aged 82) and his mother four years later and his marriage in 1945. JB discusses owning land in many places, including Shipdham, and then describes his farm house; bathing in front of the kitchen fire because of lack of an indoor bathroom; modernization of farm equipment, such as milking machines for cows; memories of others regarding milk production and delivery; size of cattle herd; and ownership of bull.

20:01-25:00 - JB continues to describe farming of bulls then tells anecdote involving Jimmy Tyrell and drinking with him for Christmas celebration. JB describes retirement and health, including having an operation at Norfolk and Norwich hospital. JB talks about his family, in particular his five children (Christopher (CB), David, Graham, Mary and Jacqueline) and going into business with CB, his eldest son.

25:01-30:00 - JB continues to discuss business partnership with CB who hires land from JB. JB mentions his children's occupations. JB discusses his memorabilia, including sign saying 'Pear Tree Farm', which was given to him by his sons and was made by a local blacksmith. JB talks about photographs on his wall, including photographs of his wedding. JB talks about death of his wife. JB mentions Ann English, a friend who serves on [Whissonsett] Parish Council; links to a horticultural society [Whissonsett and District Horticultural Society]; and playing indoor carpet bowls with group of about 15 people.

30:01-35:00 - JB talks about having Christmas dinner at the Crown public house in Colkirk, then discusses various unidentified entertainers which he has seen. JB talks about his current house which he moved to in 1985 having decided to leave his farm.
35:01-40:00 - JB continues to talk about gardening. JB returns to subject of his family, including his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. JB mentions daughter Jacqueline; granddaughter Amy; tallness of male family members; an unnamed grandson who teaches science at a private school.

40:01-45:00 - JB continues to talk about grandchildren and their occupations and then describes photographs of his golden wedding anniversary and other household memorabilia. JB returns to subject of farming, including working at Hilborough without a tractor; a local farm which was using seven horses instead of a tractor in 1978; and then farming sugar beat and health consequences.

45:01-47:46 - JB continues to describe health implications of farming sugar beat. JB talks about some of the visitors and temporary workers who were at the farm, including three hardworking Irishmen, prisoners of war, George and Kirk. JB describes taking the later home to Cockley Cley.

47:47 - 48:12 - Break in interview

48:13 - 50:00 - JB describes his involvement with Home Guard [during Second World War], including guarding bombs, heavy ammunition and hand grenades.

50:01-end - JB continues to talk about the Home Guard duties, including off-duty recreation; eye injury after a bike accident whilst carrying supplies; and other members of Home Guard.

Jean Eaglen; fl 2003-2004; Norfolk

Copy of interview of Richard Read regarding Great Yarmouth fishing industry

According to paper inserts of original compact cassettes; interview carried out by a Mr Lumex of Essex University; clips used in BBC [Radio 4] series, 'The British Seafarer', [which was broadcast circa 1980]. Tape 1 recorded both sides, tape 2, recorded on side A only. Digitized copies made 8-9 February 2010 by Norfolk Sound Archive. Equipment used in digitization, Denon DN-780R cassette player, Sonifex RB-ADDA, Dell Precision T3400 desktop, Creative Audigy 2 ZS sound card, Sony SoundForge 7.0.

00:00:00.00 - 01:02:41.11 - side A of first cassette

00:00:01 - Richard Read (hereafter RR), born 1906 into a fishing family in Aberdeen; father was a fisherman and mother, a herring (or fisher) girl. Describes working life of fishergirls.

00:08:10 - RR lived in the Rows in Great Yarmouth as a boy. Discusses school days in Yarmouth, including firm discipline. Mentions father's regular absences from home and how this impacted on family life. RR talks about being an errand boy and newspaper boy whilst still at school and working for a blacksmith.

00:16:00 - RR began work as a fisherman and recalls school children being appreciative of hard sea biscuits. Talks about his first recollections of going to sea. Boys who wanted to be fishermen had to go to navigation school and learn techniques such as rope splicing. Discusses voyages and wages.

00:23:15 - Interviewer asks about organisation of crew of a typical steam drifter. RR talks about crew wages again.

00:29:16 - Interviewer asks about the cycle of the fishing year e.g. many men went trawling at Grimsby after Christmas, mackeral catching in March. Talks about problems of unemployment for fishermen. Discusses food on board ship, fishing methods and typical prices for fish. Explains in detail the Yarmouth and Lowestoft share system whereby the price for the catch was divided between the crew and the owner of the boat. Talks about some well-known fishing companies.

00:46:30 - Interviewer asks about food which was considered unlucky on board ship. RR then discusses the superstituous nature of fishermen and role of luck generally. Talks about bad omens e.g. your hat blowing off. Some skippers were considered luckier than others. Mentions use of lucky cauls.

00:52:30 - Interviewer asks about any instances of ships sailing short-handed. RR talks about typical injuries received by crews and use of flannel bandages. Disussion about how discipline was maintained on board and talks about the interaction between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft fishermen.

01:02:43-02:11:47 - side B of first cassette

01:02:43 - RR talks about fishermen's clothing e.g. distinctive apparell worn by Lowestoft men. Interviewer asks about practice of fishermen wearing earrings. RR discusses fishing etiquette and types of net used. Talks about Dutch and German fishermen. Detailed discussion about fishing nets and methods plus fishermens' clothing, wages, leisure time etc.

01:12:20 - Interviewer asks about most valuable qualities prized in a fisherman. RR discusses how a man became a skipper. They talk about off duty and leisure occupations of fishermen.

01:21:31 - Interviewer initiates a discussion about the wages of fishermen in comparison with other occupations. and their pride in their job. Talks about how local women were connected with the fishing industry and the Scottish fisher girls.

01:27:00 - Discussion about RR's family background in fishing and early life in Great Yarmouth (the Rows). RR talks about difficult childhood experiences. RR relates his jobs as a child in the house and experiences at school.

01:37:16 - RR talks about treatment for hair lice. More about childhood experiences e.g. lighting in houses, lamplighters in Great Yarmouth. Interviewer asks about typical meals RR had as a child e.g. abundance of fish. They go on to discuss general standards of cleanliness in RR's childhood.

01:48:00 - Interviewer asks how children would earn some money. They discuss a local character called 'Blind Bob' who acted as a 'knocker-up' to wake workers for an early shift.

01:53:00 - They discuss etiquette at meal times and at school. Interviewer asks about what type of values were most important to RR's parents and community. RR talks about treatment for a dog bite and swimming. They talk about methods of punishment as applied by parents.

02:03:00 - Interviewer asks about how birthdays and Christmas were celebrated.

02:05:30 - side A of second cassette

02:05:30 - RR talks about his father's gramaphone and recordings on wax cylinders (mother used to light the fire with them). Goes onto discuss working during school holidays for a chandler. They talk about Sunday School attendance in Great Yarmouth and religion more generally. RR decries the 'humbug and hypocrisy' that exisited in his childhood. RR talks about Trade Union activity and politics.

02:17:20 - RR discusses his parents' leisure activities in Great Yarmouth and the family's social life generally. RR recollects family experiences of midwives.

02:25:30 - Interviewer asks about fishermens' social status in the town and local attitudes towards them. RR talks about other tradesmen and discusses class distinctions in Great Yarmouth more generally.

02:36:00 - RR talks about community attitudes towards wife-beating and ill-treatment of children.

02:40:46 - They discuss differences between working for company and skipper owned boats. RR talks about relations between the crew and living accommodation on board. The interviewer asks about the attitude of fishermen towards religion. RR discusses seamen's favourite songs.

02:57:50 - They discuss the yearly fishing routine and differences between drifting and trawling. RR finished fishing in 1954.

Palmers department store additional records

  • ACC 2021/7
  • Temporary
  • c 1900-c 2009

Contains deeds relating to shop premises in Great Yarmouth and photographs of shop/shop displays in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds.

Palmers Department Store; 1837-2020; retailer; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

ACC 2021/7: Box 1

Deeds relating to the Palmers site in Great Yarmouth. Sites and rows mentioned include numbers/rows: 21, 22 and 23, Row 54; 9, row 56; 10, 11, 15, 22, Row 58; 3, 4, 10, 11, 12-12a, 14, Row 60 (11 envelopes)

Deeds and related documents concerning the freehold property known as The Walker Distillery, Market Place, Great Yarmouth and ? related to part of row 56, c 1921-1961 (1 folder).

Copies of plot plans, sale particulars and historical notes taken mainly from deeds and trade directories (not in file) relating to 37, Market Place, Great Yarmouth and also some relating to 27-28, row 54 (1 envelope).

Photographs of 170th anniversary celebrations, Great Yarmouth (1 album).

Photographs of shop (formerly called Chadd’s) and shop displays/windows, Lowestoft, c 2009 (2 albums).

Photographs of shop and shop displays, Bury St Edmunds, c 2009 (1 album).

Palmers Department Store; 1837-2020; retailer; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

ACC 2021/7: Box 2

Photographs of shop and shop displays/windows, Great Yarmouth c 1999-2008 (7 albums).

Albums could be weeded further on cataloguing.

Palmers Department Store; 1837-2020; retailer; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Interview of Mrs Patterson regarding tourism industry

Subjects covered include working life and leisure and tourism. Places mentioned include Great Yarmouth.

00:00-05:00 - Unnamed female interviewer introduces Mrs Patterson (hereafter MP). MP explains why she became a seaside landlady, becoming lonely after moving to Gorleston without her husband. She describes obtaining the guest house on Wellesley Road in 1965. She and a man in the background called David, possibly her son, explains their moves between different guest houses, mentioning Rhonadean and Sea Croft. She mentions her first husband's death and re-marrying and her second husband's death. The interviewer asks about her first guest house's facilities. MP describes them and mentions the shortage of hot water.

05:01-10:00 - MP continues describing the running of her first guest house in the 1960s, focussing on food arrangements. David mentions Goblin puddings and MP describes gathering fresh fruit and the difference freezers have made. She describes the breakfasts and how late she went to bed. The interviewer asks about advertising and MP lists the papers. She remembers specific guests. MP describes her summer season, mentioning the different groups of people who'd visit. MP describes where she lived in her first guest house, David mentions sleeping in the shed.

10:01-15:00 - They discuss the change in size moving to Rhonadean. MP describes its facilities. She recalls her husband delivering tea before breakfast. David mentions the bar, the interviewer asks about lounges and they mention colour television. MP explains how guests used the bar at Rhonadean. She mentions schoolboys visiting on Saturdays. The interviewer asks about family life and MP and David discuss it and MP describes what other family members' careers.

15:01-20:00 - MP continues talking about other family members who took over Rhonadean, and she and David describe the facilities at Sea Croft. MP mentions the cooking and linen arrangements. The interviewer asks about regular guests and MP describes having to explain her husband's death to the guests. David explains that he is still in contact with some guests and MP explains why older people like Yarmouth. MP explains she enjoyed all the work. She tells anecdotes about a leak, about David dropping fish and chips and a waitress falling with a trifle.

20:01-:25:00 - David mentions the Pink Elephant Club and MP describes it as a group of about fifty people who met all through the winter, going on trips and playing games. She mentions the Guest House and Hotelier's Ball at The Ocean Rooms. She lists other members of the Pink Elephant Club. David mentions price wars between Guest House owners. MP explains the effect of international holidays and caravans on local business. She recalls implementing the fire regulations. She mentions staff problems.

25:01-30:00 - The interviewer asks about holidays and MP describes visiting her sister in St Leonards, going abroad. She describes the scooter boys and rugby boys. MP explains relationships between the landladies, mentioning New Years Eve celebrations and free theatre tickets. MP and David explain that all their guest houses are still in business.

30:01-end - They continue discussing the continued business of the guest houses. MP explains the requirements for registering with the guest house association.

Interview of Mr and Mrs Haddon regarding tourism industry

Subjects covered include working life, travel and leisure and tourism. Places mentioned include Great Yarmouth.

00:00-05:00 - An unnamed female interviewer introduces the Haddons and asks why they came to Yarmouth. Mrs Haddon (hereafter Mrs H) explains their reasons for moving to Yarmouth and opening a guest house. Mr Haddon (hereafter Mr H) explains differences between hotels and guest houses. They discuss the available facilities at their guest house - The Winchester Private Hotel. The interviewer asks about food and they discuss their menus and cooking arrangements. They discuss the different seasons at the hotel, mentioning winter. Mr H describes the rooms and the building.

05:01-10:00 - Mr H continues describing the building. They describe their family living arrangements during high season and discuss their guests. The interviewer asks about previous careers and change in life and Mr H explains how their sons are adapting. They discuss evening activities in the hotel and their lack of free time. The interviewer asks about advertising and they mention the internet and the booking process.

10:01-15:00 - They return to discussing their guests. The interviewer asks about Yarmouth's appeal to holiday-makers and the Haddons list events in Yarmouth which attract visitors. They discuss different modes of transport. They explain the difficulty and cost of conforming to regulations and the challenge of adhering to the 2003 Persons with Disabilities act.

15:01-20:00 - The interviewer asks about emergencies and Mr H tells an anecdote when a faulty fire alarm went off. He describes the lives of their guests. The interviewer asks about laundry and Mrs H explains how they process it. They discuss how tiring the hotel is to run. Mr H tells an anecdote about a guest who repeatedly loses her key and describes helping a guest who fell outside.

20:01-25:00 - Mrs H explains the importance of teamwork. They discuss the procedure for medical emergencies, when their day finishes and the implications of having a bar, mentioning the atmosphere in the hotel. Mr H describes their staff. Mrs H describes the breakfast food. Mr H explains how they obtain food and cater to guests.

25:01-30:00 - Mrs H describes the process for the evening meal. The interviewer asks about the positive points of Yarmouth. They list countryside, heritage, beach, entertainment and accessibility. She asks about complaints and Mr H explains changes with the pier shows. He describes his relationship with other guest house owners. They discuss the health and hygiene certificate and fire precautions. Mr H talks about the state of the holiday industry.

30:01-end - The Haddons explain why they do not open during winter. They mention The Integrate Project improving the sea front and changes in Yarmouth culture. The interviewer asks about leisure time and they explain they do not have any. They mention holidays and Christmas. The interviewer thanks them.

Interview of Tony Robinson regarding off shore oil and gas industry

Subjects covered include working life, and health and safety. Places mentioned include the North Sea and Great Yarmouth

00:00-05:00 - Tony Robinson (hereafter TR) describes his early career in the 1960s and 1970s working as a machine operator, pipe fitter and supervisor. He describes his working life mentioning long hours and conditions. The interviewer asks about Bacton Pipe line which they discuss, and then asks TR about where he worked. TR describes how they laid a pipeline.

05:01-10:00 - TR continues describing laying pipeline and his role in the process. He describes the delivery of the pipes by barge. The interviewer asks about off-shore work and relationships. TR describes the conditions of working off-shore and how it affected family. The unnamed interviewer asks about barges and TR recalls his first barge trip in 1971. He describes living conditions off-shore. The interviewer talks about working on boats, they discuss the effect of weather on working.

10:01-15:00 - The interviewer asks TR about 'the town' (Great Yarmouth) in the 1970s. TR talks about its affluence, mentioning holiday industry and ease of employment. The interviewer asks about working with Americans. TR describes working for Shell and the risks the Americans took. He comments on the Americans' treatment of the British. They discuss the difference between the English and Americans, mentioning financial risks. The interviewer asks about the North Sea and TR mentions the Ekofisk field, the Denmark fields and Dutch fields.

15:01-20:00 - TR explains how the platforms were built in Great Yarmouth and transported by barge for assembly. The interviewer mentions bad weather and TR explains how bad weather affected life on the platforms. He describes some accidents including a man being crushed, an incorrectly used lifeboat and a pipe falling on someone.

20:01-25:00 - TR continues to describe an accident involving a fallen pipe. The interviewer asks about any funny experiences and TR lists practical his experiences, mentioning practical jokes and people dressing up. He talks about the fun the workers had, mentioning the mix of nationalities. The interviewer asks about spending Christmas off-shore and TR describes his experiences.

25:01-30:00 - TR continues describing working off-shore over Christmas. The interviewer asks about recent changes in the industry. TR describes how health and safety procedures have changed and the increase of paperwork. He describes the difference in conditions on the platform, mentioning watching films and personal hygiene.

30:01-end - The interviewer asks TR about his colleagues and he explains his relationships with others and the effect of promotions. The interviewer asks TR if he would change anything, and he talks about being motivated by greed and missing his children. He explains why he enjoyed about the profession and lists the places he travelled to. The interviewer asks if the industry changed his life and TR agrees. The interviewer thanks TR.

Interview of Des Brown regarding off shore oil and gas industry

Subjects covered include industry, working life, travel, health and safety. Places mentioned include Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Great Yarmouth.

00:00-05:00 - The interviewer introduces Des Brown (hereafter DB) and he describes how he joined the oil and gas industry, joining drilling teams and move into service sector. He describes a typical day's responsibilities and the changes in conditions, mentioning American rigs, cabin size, food, gyms and increase in women. He lists his spare time activities.

05:01-10:00 - DB explains that his job involves more spare time than other workers, which results in boredom. The interviewer asks about family life and DB explains how he feels detached from his family. He describes various aspects of the job, positive and negative, mentioning family life. He describes his experiences abroad, mentioning being shot at, catching malaria, a potential kidnapping, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

10:01-15:00 - DB explains his attitude to travel, mentioning his fear of flying. The interviewer asks about the future of the off shore oil industry in Great Yarmouth and DB explains why it is in decline and Great Yarmouth's international renown. He describes effects of the weather on the industry and the physical effects. He talks about the sense of humour on the platform.

15:01-20:00 - DB talks about the loss of sense of humour with the rise of health and safety and other changes including the introduction of television, fishing and disposing of waste in the sea. The interviewer asks about Christmas on the platforms and DB explains he missed Christmas with his children every year and the atmosphere off shore. He describes his potential future with the industry, and how this is affected by a diabetes diagnosis.

20:01-end - DB continues describing his future, mentioning travelling after retirement. He mentions his brother who works in Angola and married a Nigerian woman, as other workers do.

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