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Artist's illustrations of Yarmouth buildings used in Picture of Yarmouth Heritage Lottery Project 2019-2021

  • MC 3564/1-2
  • Fonds
  • 2019

Drawings of the Winter Gardens, Aldi supermarket (style of Lacons brewery store), Town Hall during Maritime Festival, Hippodrome Circus with Flamingo amusements, The Oasis complex and tower, outer harbour, Mariners and Clipper Schooner (Ecclestone public houses), the Britannia Pier, former Municipal School of Art, the Waterways, conglomerate colour illustration used for cover of a book.

Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society; 1888- ; historical society; Great Yarmouth

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

Box 5

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)

Interview of Jack Kemp by Jean Eaglen

00:00 minutes:seconds - subjects discussed include Dr Agnew; allotments; American servicemen; army cadets; army postings; army training; enlisting in army; Attleborough; bakers; Walter Baldwin of Hingham, baker; beaches; bicycle shops; blacksmiths; bowling greens; Boy Scouts; Britannia Barracks, Norwich; butchers; cattle farming; celebrations; cigarettes; country houses; country people; cows; dairymen; Mr Daynes, sub-officer at Hingham Fire Brigade; dumps on beaches; Wilfred Eaglen, bicycle mender; Hubert Eke; The Fairland, Hingham; farmers; farms; joining fire brigade; fire stations; fish shops; flags; foundries; Willie Frankland; Mr Garsing; grandparents; visits to Great Yarmouth; Joe Grimes, ironfounder; harrows; health; Hingham; population of Hingham; Hingham Fire Brigade; Hingham Fire Station; Hingham Hall; homemade wine; illness; ironfounding; jubilee mugs; jubilees; Mr Kemp, father of interviewee; King George V; languages; Lincoln Hall, Hingham; Mr Manning, blacksmith; money; Mr Murrell, ironfounder; nineteen-forties; nineteen-thirties; nineteen-twenties; Norfolk dialect; Norfolk Rescue Service; Norfolk Youth Service; Mr Nudds, sub-officer at Hingham Fire Brigade; organisations; outings; Mr Peel, sub-officer at Hingham Fire Brigade; presents; property prices; public houses; rectors; registry offices; Royal Charters; sandbags; schools; Sunday schools; Seamere, Hingham; self-sufficiency; Sheringham; shops; shrimps; Miss Smart, housekeeper at Hingham Rectory; smelting; soldiers; soldiers' accommodation; Ronnie Stone; Territorial Army; towns; villagers; villages; John Wade, Registrar and owner of Hackford Garage; wages; wars; White Hart Public House; whooping cough; homemade wine; Wood Rising; World War II; Mr Wright, garage owner; Wymondham; Wymondham Registry Office.

17:21 m:s - accidents; butter making; cart-making; carts; cheese making; chemists; children; chimney sweeps; clothes; Mr Dodman, chimney sweep; food; Joe Grimes, handyman; Hingham; horse-breaking; horse rides; clipping horses; training horses; icecream making; Mr Kemp, horse-breaker and father of interviewee; milk; milk rounds; Mr Perkins, chemist; Polly Perkins, daughter of aforesaid Mr Perkins; ponies; Seamere Farm, Hingham; twitch [broom handle with loop].

23:51 m:s - accidents; barbers; Mr Burt, farmer; bus services; cars; cobblers; Minnie Cooper, second hand shopkeeper; Mr Cooper, cobbler; William Cooper [known as 'Billie'], brother of aforesaid Minnie Cooper; Dereham Road, Hingham; duck farmers; football results; The Fairland, Hingham; Mr Foster, [known as 'Waxy'], cobbler; goods for sale; herring gulls; hairdressers; hardware shops; Hingham; Mr Jarvis, hairdresser; Mr King, bus owner; Mr Myhill, barber; Norfolk dialect; Mr Patrick, shopkeeper and cobbler; Mr Payne [known as 'Punch Payne'], hairdresser; the Pink 'Un newspaper; Mrs Riseborough, hairdresser; Mr Robinson, duck farmer; second hand shopkeepers; shopping; shops; Charles Turner, hardware shopkeeper; Ted Turner, son of aforesaid Charles Turner; Watton Road, Hingham.

29:38 m:s - bell-ringers; Boy Scouts; choirboys; [parochial] church councils; church fĂȘtes; churches; clubs; crosses; fĂȘtes; Girl Guides; homemade lemonade; Mr Howard; Martin Jones, scoutmaster; Mrs Jean Jones, guide leader; Lady's Meadow, Hingham; organisations; rectories; Mr Ribbons; St Andrew's Church, Hingham; St Andrew's Club; sidesmen; Sunday schools.

32:40 m:s - boots; church fires; church services; clergymen; Hugh Edgehill, fireman and rector of Hingham Church; The Fairland, Hingham; firemen; fires; Mr Greaves, rector of Hingham Church; Hingham; Hingham Church; Martin Jones, scoutmaster; Lennie Peacock; rectors; Mrs Rider; Sunday schools.

36:04 m:s - acorns for pigs; blackberrying; builders; cars; children's games; conkers; cottages; sales of cottages; fish fryers; fruit picking; games; Joe Grimes, ironfounder; Hingham; hokes; hopscotch; houses; ironfounders; jam making; leisure activities; nineteen-forties; Oswald Mosley's Brownshirts; pot guns; processions; George Purdy, fish fryer; roads; Roger Sadd, builder; skating in winter; spring; steam wagons; tea wagons; threshing; winter.

Jean Eaglen; fl 2003-2004; Norfolk

Interview of Mary Huggins by Jean Eaglen

00:00 minutes:seconds - subjects discussed include arable farming; butter; butter-making; Cantley Sugarbeet Factory; cheese; chickens; corn; crops; curing bacon; curing hams; dairy goods; farm animals; farm machinery; farmers wives; farms; Green Farm, Little Ellingham; hale; harvesting; horses and carts; horse drilling; lambing; Little Ellingham; meal [animal food]; nineteen-thirties; nineteen-twenties; oats; pigs; ploughing; poultry; railway transport; sale of produce; sheep; shepherds; stacks; sugar beet; sugar beet factories; threshing; tractors; transport; turnips.

04:41 m:s - children; children's clothes; local customs; Easter Parish Tea; evacuees; games; school outings to Great Yarmouth; 'halfpenny for Horlicks'; Horlicks; Jack Valentine; Little Ellingham; local customs; money; nineteen-forties; nineteen-thirties; parish teas; pennies for children; presents; school dinners; school outings; schools; Snatch Valentine [game]; Valentine's Day; village population; village schools; villages; wars; World War II.

08:57 m:s - art exhibitions; blacksmith shops; celebrations; church activities; church porch sales; electricity supply; exhibitions; fundraising; games; heating; jubilees; jumble sales; King George V Coronation; Kings Messengers; lamps; lighting; Little Ellingham; men's clubs; nineteen-forties; nineteen-thirties; parish rooms; public houses; collection of rainwater; rubber boots; schools; shops; social activities; sponsored walks; tortoise stoves; village halls; village pumps; village schools; water supply; Wellington boots; wells.

13:34 m:s - transportation of animals; bus fares; bus services; buses; cattle markets; sale of chickens; children; Colney; driving animals; false teeth, anecdotes; buses to Great Yarmouth; horses and carts; King's Lynn market; Little Ellingham; lorries; markets; nineteen-twenties; Norwich cattle market; Norwich markets; passengers, bus; Pickenham; sale of rabbits; transportation of sheep; transporting animals; villagers.

18:53 m:s - butter-making; cellars; cheese; cottage gardens; curing; dairies; ducks; eggs; farm animals; farms; food; fridges; garden waste; gardens; hams; jam making; liquid smoke [for curing]; Little Ellingham; manure; milk; milk cans; nineteen-thirties; pickles; pickling eggs; pigs; pork; rabbits; rag rugs; recycling; safes for perishables; vegetable gardens; work.

23:11 m:s - airfields; American servicemen; army manoeuvres; blackouts; bombs; British servicemen; children, helping on farms; lack of crimes; cycling; Deopham Green; doodlebugs; evacuees; farm labour; farms; ferrets; floods; food during the war; Great Ellingham; Hall Farm, Little Ellingham; harvesting; refreshments during harvesting; haymaking; health; feeding of horses; Mr Huggins, father of interviewee; Little Ellingham; nineteen-forties; nineteen-thirties; occupations; parish rooms; rabbiting; rationing; school teachers; schools; skating in winter; special constables; sugar beet; teachers; transport; village population; walking; wars; weather; winter; Wood Lane, Little Ellingham; World War II.

31:22 m:s - arable farming; barley; barns; binders; cattle farming; children helping on farms; clover seed; corn; cows; crop rotation; crops; dipping carts; farm animals; farm labour; farm machinery; farms and harvesting; hay; hay seed; care of horses; horses and carts; Little Ellingham; manure; mice; use of nitrogen in farming; pig farming; ploughing; rats; scab [sheep disease]; sheep dipping; sheep diseases; stacks; straw; Taking a harvest [men working on a harvest]; thatched stacks; threshing; tractors; vermin; weather; winter; wool; Wool Marketing Board; working hours.

40:47 m:s - Attleborough Road, Little Ellingham; Mrs Boyes, of Great Ellingham Women's Institute; Mrs Bush, headmistress; celebrations; committee work; cottages; cottages damaged by fire; council houses; fires; Glebe House, Little Ellingham; Great Ellingham Women's Institute; house fires; interviewee's involvement with Women's Institute; jubilees; Little Ellingham; Little Ellingham Women's Institute; nineteen-forties; nineteen-twenties; organisations; school headteachers; thatched buildings; Women's Institute; membership of Women's Institute.

44:48 m:s - agricultural shows; cars; committee work; Crown Point, near Norwich; Norfolk Show at King's Lynn; Norfolk Show at Crown Point; organisations; Royal Norfolk Show; traffic problems; transport; village halls; Women's Institute at Norfolk Show; membership of Women's Institute.

49:35 - Do different [Norfolk motto].

South Pickenham late Kings Manor; 1189-1925; South Pickenham, Norfolk

Interview of Bill Garrod by Janet Woodhouse

Subjects discussed include airfields; anniversaries; sale of apples; apprenticeships; army; bakers; bridges; British servicemen; Brunton's, bakers; builders; building trade; call-ups [for war]; camping; charabancs; Church Lane, North Elmham; cinemas; competitions; cottages; cricket; Crown Road School, Dereham; cycling; Dereham; dilly [method of transport]; Eastgate Street, North Elmham; education; Elmham Mill Farmhouse, North Elmham; Elmham Park, North Elmham; employment; fairs; fathers; sale of firewood; flower shows; flying kites; football games; fretwork modelling; games; Mr Garr0d, father of Bill Garrod and baker; George and Dragon Public House; visits to Great Yarmouth; Guist Bridge; hoops; visits to Hunstanton; leisure activities; lorries; Low Street, North Elmham; Lowestoft; Bob Marsh; Tom Marsh; meadows; meccano modelling; names; nicknames; nineteen-thirties; North Denes, Lowestoft; North Elmham; Norwich; occupations; parents; parks; poultry boys; public houses; RAF West Raynham; Railway Tavern; rivers; River Wensum; schools; Scole; 'Blood' Skipper; 'Rib' Skipper; soldiers; spinning tops; sports; Squiny-eyed [nickname]; summer; Sunday schools; Sundays; swimming; toys; trains; transport; tree felling; Tye's [shop]; walks; wars; Wells-next-the-Sea; White Mill Bridge; Woodward School, Dereham; World War II.

William Garred; fl 2003; North Elmham, Norfolk

Interview of Betty Colby

Betty Colby worked at an Occupation Centre based in Great Yarmouth, with mentally handicapped children and young adults. The Occupation Centre was administered until 31 March 1971 by the Health Department of Great Yarmouth [Borough Council] and from 1 April 1971 by the [same Council's] Education Department. In 1945, when Mrs Colby started work at the Centre, it was based in Park Baptist Chapel, Great Yarmouth. From there it moved to St Mary's Church on Southtown Road, then to a school on Suffolk Road in 1956 and then became the John Grant School in Caister.

00:00:00 - start of side A - relates to Mrs Colby's work at Occupation Centre, what she did there, working conditions at the different sites of the Occupation Centre, pay, visiting children in their homes, work colleagues, relationships with parents, outings and Christmas parties, staff training, creation of paperwork at Great Yarmouth Town Hall, links between Occupation Centre and other mental healthcare agencies, certain children Mrs Colby worked with, effectiveness of Centre's work, Centre's catchment area, family attitudes towards her work, general public attitudes to mental illness, Mrs Colby's break from work and retirement.

00:46:51 - end of side A

00:46:54 - start of side B - money making enterprises to fund outings and involvement of parents.

00:47:41 - end of side B

Norfolk County Council, John Grant School; ? 1970-; Caister next 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

Recorded Memoirs of Hon. Lady Smith

The original audio cassette appears to contain two different recordings. The first is on side A of the cassette. The second recording follows the first recording on side A but is also copied on to side B of the cassette. It is the two recordings that appear on side A of the original audio cassette which have been copied for preservation and access purposes.

The recording was made by Hon. Lady [Monica] Smith as a birthday present to her sister the Hon. Phyllis Barclay in what is thought to be 1980 for her 90th birthday.

Track 1 (duration of 15 minutes 35 seconds) - childhood relationship with her sister; return to Somerleyton Hall of father [Savile Brinton, 1st Baron Somerleyton] from Boer War [1901] and welcome given to him by estate staff; celebrating Valentine's Day; riding horses; swimming; visits to Fritton and Hopton; visiting church on Sundays both in Somerleyton and St Margaret's Church, Westminster and comments on sermons heard there by the church's vicar [Herbert] Hensley Henson; Sunday afternoons at the zoo or Tattersalls [blood stock agents]; visiting St Paul's Cathedral on horse bus; teaching at Somerleyton Sunday School; visiting Canada and Japan (1913); family experiences of World War I; working at 17 Park Lane, London; meeting her husband Lieut.-Gen. Sir Arthur Francis Smith; details Somerleyton estate staff, giving names; details inhabitants of Somerleyton, giving names and occupations; details visitors to Somerleyton Hall, again giving names and opinions; general reminiscing about how things have changed.

Track 2 (18:01 m:s) - detailed description of children's parties, including at Belgravia Square and Wreningham, types of clothes worn, dancing, food eaten, including lots of ice cream; detailed description of Christmas at Somerleyton Hall including shopping for Christmas presents in Lowestoft in open carriage, Christmas morning when presents given to estate and household staff, visiting church where her father would give the reading, food eaten, Christmas Eve when the Hall would be visited by Salvation Army and hand bell ringing on New Years Eve; water supply; visits to Green Park, London and how 'the elite' would pay to sit on green metal chairs; family house at 12 Carlton House Terrace and milk stall (with cow) on Pall Mall; milk deliveries; London's boot black boys and crossing sweepers; watering of Pall Mall prior to processions; open back delivery vans; ice delivered by fish monger; street music (barrel organ, hurdy gurdy, harp); Hon. Lady Smith's husband's memories of going to Wimbledon on steam underground and how dirty it was as well as unemployed men waiting at railway stations to help move luggage; obtaining foot warmers for unheated trains; how she always looked forward to going home to Somerleyton; men cutting grass and working on the land; fishermen wearing gold earings to improve eyesight; Great Yarmouth herring industry and Scottish girls; describes fish harvest thanksgiving service at Lowestoft, detailing how church was decorated.

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