The Rows

As part of a National Lottery-funded project, £50,000 is being spent on the signage of Great Yarmouth’s historic rows.

The Rows Project aims to focus on enhancing these unique Medieval town rows. To celebrate these once heavily populated areas, where townsfolk worked, lived and played, the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is providing opportunities to get involved via conservation training, volunteering, research, recording, documenting and creative activities.

After years of the rows only designation being painted numbers – a practice that did not even cover all of them – all 62 of the remaining 150 were given dedicated signage. The names on these signs were mostly decided based off what they are currently known as. As the rows have been renamed many times over the years, it would be close to impossible to call them by their original names.

All the new signs were delivered to the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and started going onto the walls from Wednesday 20th June, with all of them being erected by Friday 22nd June.

Over the next two years the rows will be getting various repairs handled by Norfolk Conservation Ltd., as well as bespoke display boards to provide information on the history of each one for the public.

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Flower beds have now started to be added or regenerated around the rows. The initial phase concentrates on those rows that already had flower beds in place, albeit disused and rundown. The first area chosen was on King Street, just outside the entrance to Row 126 - Robin's Half Row. This was done alongside Iceni Care, with some flowers being donated by the community gardeners patch in St. Georges Park. GYPT also accepts any donated plants from the public for this project.

Another part of the project is the ongoing task of keeping the streets of Yarmouth clear of litter. The 'Street Level' team meet up every Tuesday to make Yarmouth in order to carry out this task. This simple act goes a long way to improving the appearance of the town greatly.

The Street Level team is led by Rachel Harrison, and if you want to take part in the project, you can visit us at 133 King Street at 10 o’clock on Tuesdays, or get in contact with Rachel by email at rachel@gy-pt.org or call 07785750129.