Lowestoft Scores

- 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 -

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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 www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/making-waves-together/

Further Links

The Scores Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/scoresoflowestoft/ 

Making Waves Together - https://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/making-waves-together/

Lowestoft Heritage Workshop Centre - https://www.lowestoftheritage.org/

East Suffolk Council – Heritage Action Zone - https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/business/regeneration-projects/haz/

Historic England - https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/heritage-action-zones/north-lowestoft-heritage-quarter/

Suffolk Records Office - Lowestoft Branch - https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/planning-your-visit/suffolk-record-office-branches/lowestoft-branch/


Paper-works - http://www.paper-works.co.uk/studio/ 

Easterly - artists group - http://easterly.org.uk/artists/


John Lord – flintknapper :http://www.flintknapping.co.uk/aboutus.html

Medieval Masonry - http://www.medievalmasonry.co.uk/



Century Training Academy -  https://www.centurytraining.co.uk/