135 King Street

135 King Street, old Row House section, 1st Floor

The 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. 

135 King Street is a mid-17th Century house, probably with the shop front rebuilt in 1830. Earlier flint and brick on the side elevation in the Row is probably 16th century. The rear façade has two 17th century gable projections and the interior has early beams including a 16th century reeded bridging beam.

A grade II listed building on the buildings at risk register, 135 King Street, with its clear evidence of 16th Century fabric, provides a good example of how a building has evolved over many centuries.

Wellington Ltd. took the project, under the supervision of the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, to transform the derelict building, into a new set of offices, as well as a new community centre. The project cost £530,000 and took around a year to complete. Once it was completed, the building was removed from the at risk register, and is now in use once again.

The Trust discovered extensive 18th century panelling hidden under hardboard, which is still painted in its original colours.  Behind this is even older original painting, which has been examined by professional conservators Merike Kallas, Lecturer, and Eva Tammekivi, MA Student, from the Conservation Department, Estonian Academy of Arts, and Jean Lambe and Chris Pickup, MA Students from Crick Smith, University of Lincoln. They were able to conserve it to stop it deteriorating, and established the painting was from 1650.

Hisitoric Marbling, 135 King Street, 1st Floor

Download this PDF to view a fully illustrated conservation report written by Merike Kallas.

Icon Conservation Report, 135 King St. (54.4 MB)

Conservator at 135 King St    Conservator at 135 King St  

Merike Kallas and Jean Lambe undertaking exploratory conservation work at 133 King St.

135 King Street, upper back room, old Row House section

Upper back room where two old bricked-in mullion window casements were found alongside an ancient waistcoat and a few cobwebs.

Paul Davies has written an article for the Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society looking at the history of the property and its past owners and this can be downloaded here.

135 King Street, staircase, copyright Derek Jackson 135 King Street, rear facade  

Icon 135 King St article by Paul Davies Jan2014.pdf (11.4 MB)





King Street: Layers of Life.

In 2014, Marisa Alaoui, a young art student, took 135 King Street as a basis for her reportage project.

Layered image of 135 King Street, Marisa Alaoui

"An animation and series of imagery looking at the preservation undertaken by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust inside 135 King Street that may be unknown to many. The building has evolved over many centuries and continues to evolve today. The Preservation Trust faces the challenge of honouring the past through preservation whilst allowing the inevitability of change. I explored this concept through layers of collected materials, time, history, texture and sound.

"Many thanks to Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and the workers inside 135 King Street for their help with this project."

Marisa Alaoui www.behance.net/Marisaalaoui

To see more of Marisa’s images and her video produced for this project, go to www.behance.net/gallery/24604329/-King-Street-Layers-of-Life