The Lowestoft Scores Project

From 2017 to 2020 the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust has been one of the lead partners of Making Waves Together aiming to bring together the shared heritage of the towns of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, through projects focusing on the historically important Great Yarmouth Rows and Lowestoft Scores.


“The rows and scores help to shape our two towns and form the backdrop to many people’s lives, they still resonate with echo’s from the past and connect us with our history. The project has helped to reinforce their importance and enable volunteers, trainees and the wider community to learn about them and their stories and to bring about repair and enhancement.” – 

Darren Barker –  Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust - Director of Projects

The historically important thoroughfares of the  ‘Scores’ in Lowestoft and ‘Rows’ in Great Yarmouth were once heavily populated areas and were filled with the hustle and bustle of people living and working in the towns during the heyday of the maritime and fishing periods. Yarmouth originally had over 145 Rows with some 80 remaining while Lowestoft now has 11 of the original 13 Scores. 

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust has led both projects, working with volunteers from both towns in creating opportunities to take part in research, conservation and creative activities, as well as carrying out some improvement work.  The Rows and Scores Projects each had a £50,000 budget funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council,  East Suffolk Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council. 

Link to Rows Facebook Page :-

The Rows and Scores Project Book


A book about the Great Yarmouth Rows and Lowestoft Scores Projects "Rows and Scores - The Hidden Passageways of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth", is available here as a free interactive pdf copy to download.

  Icon Rows and Scores - The Hidden Passageways of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth (57.9 MB)

Note : The Great Yarmouth Rows and Lowestoft Scores Projects have involved many people, organisations and businesses to have successfully completed many of the projects aims.  Unfortunately the projects ended prematurely due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic in April 2020.  The subsequent lockdown from this led to some of the final parts of the Scores and Rows Projects being cancelled.  This would have included an end of project exhibition aiming to bring both the projects together to celebrate their achievements.  (Although this book will go some way towards marking this).  

This book has been produced as part of the Rows and Scores Projects to bring them together in one place to celebrate the projects achievements and share the activities, and also as a source of reference for anyone interested in finding out more about the rows and scores.  This book is widely available to download as an interactive pdf which you may print out at home or refer to online.  Where printed copies become available they will be printed for no financial gain for Non Profit Organisations.

**The copyright for this book where professionally printed and sold is with the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust.









- What are the Lowestoft Scores? -

The term score is believed to have originated from the old English word ‘skor’, meaning to make a cut or line. 

These “cut ways” were initially used as links from the low lands running along the coastline used for accessing the beach and sea for fishing, to the high lands at the top of the cliff.  

The Lowestoft Scores run from east to west and stretch along the coast near the most easterly point.

These thoroughfares gradually became inhabited by the fishing population which spread to form a beach village below the cliffs.  With their frequent use they adopted names which sometimes changed over time.  Some of these names would have referred to a characteristic linked to the Score such as in reference to a person, a public house or another building of notable worth.

Originally there were other scores in this area of Lowestoft but some have now been lost to modern development and change.

From North to South the Scores are:

*Click each score for more information/photos

The remaining 11 Lowestoft Scores run along the cliff edge of the High Street and lead down to Whapload Road, with varying degrees of incline.  Some of the Scores have become more than a pathway to being more of a carriageway evolving from access for Horse and Cart before motor vehicles became more commonplace.

Many of these scores no longer have people living on them and have become much quieter places than they once were.  Often now viewed as places that attract anti-social behaviour and subsequent neglect, accept for attracting heritage visitors and the annual Lowestoft Scores Race where they are filled with the sound of running feet and spectators. 

Previously the scores have seen some improvements in lighting and repairs to also include a Heritage Trail with art work installations.  More recently the scores have been suffering from lack of maintenance, fly-tipping and vandalism.  Look beyond the negatives though you can still catch glimpses of the past.

The Scores are an important part of the social history of North Lowestoft, which is now part of the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone.  In the past the scores would have been a thriving and busy community full of comings and goings of everyday life.

Through the Making Waves Together programme, the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust are leading a project focusing on the unique Scores of Lowestoft.

The Lowestoft Scores Project aims to enhance and improve some of the 11 scores that have in current years been subject to anti-social behaviour, neglect and decay and bring a new focus on these important areas.

As well as improvements the project brings together community engagement through volunteering and training opportunities in research, building conservation and creative work.

- Summary of Activities -



- Improvements -

Mariner's Score

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Some improvement work on the scores focused on an urgent repair of Mariner’s Score Archway in 2019 to ensure that the score was ready in time for the annual Scores Race.  The work was completed by Century Training Academy, under direction of structural engineer Stuart Armitage from the Morton Partnership, and in collaboration with the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone.  After many years of neglect and lack of maintenance, ivy and buddleia had consumed the structure of the Mariner’s Score archway requiring it to be partially dismantled to remove the root system. 

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Martin's Score

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Following on from the Conservation Training the volunteers continued to carry out repairs on the flint and brick wall along the lower east end of Mariner's Score under the guidance of Steve and John Briggs from Medieval Masonry.





Trail Plaques

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A Scores Trail was created during previous major improvement works that included metal plated trail plaques on the scores, relating to a paper trail map that was also produced at the time.  Also during that period of improvement work, red herring trail plaques, trail markers and sculptures by artist Paul Amey were installed along the scores.  Over time some of  the sculpture work and plaques have gone missing and the remaining plaques have since become difficult to read due to the wear and tear of the weathering elements in these exposed areas.  Graphic designer/ filmmaker Henry Baker was asked to recreate the missing plaques in time for the Heritage Open Days.  Guidance and advice was provided by local historians Ivan Bunn and David Butcher to take the opportunity to update some of the information.  With the assistance of Scores Volunteer Martyn Bibb, three missing plaques were installed for the Heritage Open Days 2019 and the other plaques to be replaced in 2020.  


Weekly Scores Volunteers Meetings

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Beyond the five weeks of conservation training the conservation volunteers were joined by some of the research volunteers in carrying on doing small repairs, litter-picking, weeding and pruning, clearing overgrown areas and gardening.  During the winter months meetings alternated between outdoor work and research days at the Lowestoft Branch of  the Suffolk Archives based at Lowestoft Library, training in first aid and health and safety, and a trip to Norfolk Record Office.  The volunteers are continuing to meet and it is hoped the group will continue beyond the project ending.


**Unfortunately due to the unforeseen circumstances of Covid-19 in March 2020 some of the improvement works and final exhibition could not go ahead.




- Commissions -

Photography and film has been, and will continue to be an important means of visually documenting social history in communicating people and places in time.  Luckily we have inherited vast collections of photographic images giving us an insight into the history of the Scores of Lowestoft.  These collections are scattered in various locations ranging from private collections, books, museums, archives and on the internet. Sadly some of the photographers who took these fascinating images remain largely anonymous and may never be associated with their work. It was with reference to the past photographers of the Lowestoft Scores that inspired the commissioned photography work of the Lowestoft Photographic Club and a film by Joshua Freemantle to document them over a year April 2019-2020.The photographs were collated into 3 limited edition photobooks to become archives for the future at Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, Lowestoft Heritage Workshop Centre and at the Suffolk Archives based at Lowestoft Library.The photographic work can be viewed through the Lowestoft Photographic Club website.


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The Photography Commission is available to view via this link :-

**Limited Printed copies of this book are available at Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust; Lowestoft Heritage Workshop Centre and the Suffolk Archives Lowestoft Branch for public viewing.




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The Scores Film Commission is available to view via this link

A film commission focused on the Lowestoft Scores was undertaken by Joshua Freemantle.  Joshua, already working on his own project at the time, producing  a “Life of Lowestoft” documentary, took on the extra challenge of a Scores short film.  




- Heritage Open Days -

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Based at Flint House, 80 High Street, the Scores Exhibition took place over the two weekends of the Heritage Open Days 2019.  On both weekends Ivan Bunn kindly conducted a free to attend walking tour of the Scores to compliment the exhibition and project work. Both events were fully attended, taking 2 hours to illustrate the history of the scores and surrounding areas.






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A Echoes Walking Trail of the Scores was created by Catherine Allen which people could download for free to read or hear about the history of the Scores.  The exhibition was an opportunity to share the work of the various activities and community engagement through research, creative work, conservation training and commissions that had taken place up until August 2019.  Over the 4 days we welcomed 565 visitors.

Further commissioned work was completed by Jordan Holland in creating a family activity trail map of the scores, and Henry Baker created a scores trail map.  Over the four days we welcomed 235 visitors.  

The Scores Family Activity Sheet


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Download the Scores Family Activity Sheet designed by Jordan Holland below

Icon The Scores Family Activity Sheet (87.4 MB)






The Scores Walking Trail App


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The Lowestoft Scores - Walking Trail App The Scores Echoes Walking Trail App







Funded By Great Places: Making Waves Together Partnership

Making Waves Together is an ambitious three year programme that enhances pride, health, wellbeing and unites communities. It is bringing the towns of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft together by giving people the opportunity to participate and engage in a wide variety of art and heritage activities and events that they may otherwise not have exposure to.

There are sixteen bespoke activities, being delivered by nine partners which inspire and involve the two town’s communities.

Making Waves Together aims to raise the profile for culture as a driver for economic growth and community pride, support cultural education to inspire young people in order to influence the way the towns develop, strengthen both areas and to make them more attractive places to live in, work in, visit and learn about.

The programme has something for everyone! It allows people to participate in activities or be part of an audience at events, but most of all it will enable you to discover the rich culture we have on our doorstep.

For more information see

Further Links

**See projects book page 50 for useful links relating to the Scores.