Please select from many of the projects below that the Preservation Trust has been involved with for more details.

Wish You Were Here Heritage Conference


A conference to celebrate seaside culture, heritage and regeneration is being held in Great Yarmouth at St George's Theatre on 20th October 2016. Being situated in Great Yarmouth, ‘Wish You Were Here’ will aptly address the social, economic and cultural conditions of seaside towns, discuss the importance of coastal heritage and consider the uniqueness and other worldliness of the place between land and sea. Read more

Venetian Waterways c. 1930s Venetian Waterways and Boating Lake

The Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is working in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to carefully restore the Venetian Waterways and Boating Lake (Grade II listed on the Heritage Parks and Gardens Register). Situated at the northern end of Marine Parade the Boating Lake was first opened in 1926 followed by the Venetian Waterways in 1928. The site saw hundreds of holidaymakers enjoying boat rides along the serpentine “canal” and walks in the surrounding parkland, which at the time boasted a radical, nationally-acclaimed planting scheme.

At the beginning of 2017 it was announced that our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery, in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council, was successful and would release £1.7 million of funding for the Venetian Waterways and Boating Lake Project.

The four-year project will involve much-needed repairs to the structures of the bridges, the Waterways and Boating Lake, as well as a comprehensive schedule of activities for residents and visitors. The café on the Boating Lake Island will also be renovated and re-opened to help fund the ongoing maintenance of the park.

Crucially, volunteers will work alongside professionals to faithfully reinstate the original themed flower beds, and help to repair the rusticated thatched shelters, which contribute much to the special character of the attraction. Details will be released later in 2017 about how to get involved in the project. 

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War Memorial War Memorial

The Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is working with a team of Gt. Yarmouth College students to conserve a First World War Memorial. The wooden plaque, which is about five metres wide, displays the names of hundreds of fallen soldiers and the dedication reads: “In Honour of the Old Boys of the British, Nelson and Trafalgar Road Schools”.

All the names are listed, and we would love to hear from anyone who knows about these individuals – where they lived, what they did for a living, which regiment they belonged to, and where they died. It would also be great if, before the end of the centenary commemorations, in 2018, we can put it back on display in a suitable building.  Read more



Hopton Ruined Church Hopton St Margarets Ruined Church

Hopton Ruined Church is a grade II* listed building on the English Heritage at risk register, the building is a 13th century medieval church destroyed by fire in 1865. Read More





SE View of SE Tower, photographed by Derek Jackson The Town Wall Towers

The South East Tower is part of Great Yarmouth’s mediaeval town wall. The lower part of the tower is 14th century the upper part is 16th century. The Preservation Trust has delivered a project for Great Yarmouth Borough Council, owners of the tower, to repair and undertake a very light conversion for holiday use.  Read more

Booking is now available for the tower which sleeps 4-6 guests. Please email to enquire. 

133 King Street, ground floor shop area, photograph by Derek Jackson 133 King Street

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust purchased 133 King Street during the Summer 2012 and will use the refurbishment of the building to deliver training in traditional building skills. Read more






135 King Stret - Formally Howkins Jewellers 135 King Street

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust purchased 135 King Street in September 2013. The building is well known in Great Yarmouth as the long-standing Howkins Jewellers. Read more

Bulgarian Venacular Building Bulgarian Partnership

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust has been awarded funding from the Headley Trust to work in partnership with the Devetaki Plateau Association in Bulgaria... Read More



Monument in GY Cemeteries Great Yarmouth Cemeteries

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is coordinating a project to clear monuments and select fifteen for conservation work.  The Trust is working with other organisations such as the Prince’s Trust, The Conservation Volunteers (Green Gym) and Great Yarmouth Green Network, Ageless Opportunities and Great Yarmouth Minster Preservation Trust. Read More   

Vaxhall Bridge at Sunset, by Derek Jackson Vauxhall Bridge

The first phase of the Vauxhall Bridge Restoration Project has been completed.  Read more





The Manager's House - Tower Curing Works Photograph by Derek Jackson (2011) Tower Curing Works - Time And Tide Museum

In 1993 the Great Yarmouth Museums Working Party agreed to investigate alternative sites for the maritime museum as Maritime House, the building on Great Yarmouth’s Marine Parade where the museum was housed, had insufficient space as well as physical access problems. Read More





Norfolk Nelson Museum Nelson Museum, 26 South Quay

In March 1999, the GYPT purchased 26, South Quay to establish the Norfolk Nelson Museum. The Grade II Listed Building had been empty for 10 yrs. The GYPT assembled £575,000 capital funding with seven partners, EEDA, SRB, GYBC, EH, Port Authority, GYPT and Ben Burgess Trust who possessed a large collection Nelson Memorabilia. Read More





Baker Street Post Restoration - © Derek Jackson 2011 32/33 Baker Street

No. 32 and the adjacent 33 Baker Street were purchased by the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust in 1992 for £23,000, when plaster and ceilings could be removed to enable a further survey by Robert Smith undertaken in 1993. Read More

8 Market Row, shop facade 8 Market Row

At 8 Market Row a C16th house and shop was severely damaged by fire in 1995. Great Yarmouth Borough Council served a 215 Notice and won the case in Magistrate's Court. This legal mechanism can force the repair of a listed building in a conservation Area if it can be proved that there had been a detriment to the Conservation Area. Read More





Boultons After Boultons North Quay

Nos. 55, 56 and 57 North Quay Great Yarmouth is a group of listed building (Grade II) lying on the east side of North Quay, Great Yarmouth. The buildings contain fabric dating from the 17th century and fragments of an older construction. In the 17th century records indicate that it was a merchants house related to the important historic commercial activity of the Quay. Read More