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Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - Britannia Pier

Great Yarmouth, often known to locals as Yarmouth, is a coastal town in Norfolk, England. It is located at the mouth of the River Yare, 20 miles east of Norwich.


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Britannia Pier
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

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Town Hall and Quay
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

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Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England


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1551 - Great Yarmouth's first grammar school was founded.
1554 - There was an outbreak of plague in Yarmouth.
1579 - Yarmouth was again struck by the plague.
1596 - The Elizabethan House was built in Great Yarmouth
1633 - “Elizabeth Bonaventure” departs Great Yarmouth and settles Bare Cove (America)
1642 - At the outbreak of the Civil War, Yarmouth was garrisoned for Parliament.
1644 - Sixteen alleged witches were burnt at Yarmouth.
1664 - There was another outbreak of plague in Yarmouth.
1702 - The Fishermen's Hospital, in the market place, was founded for 20 decayed fishermen.
Thrigby Hall near Great Yarmouth was built in 1736 by Joshua Smith Esquire.
1759 - A bath house was built with hot and cold sea-water baths. It was converted into a hotel in the 19th century.
1821 - A suspension bridge was built across the River Bure at a cost of £4,000. It collapsed in 1845.
1845 - The suspension bridge built in 1821 collapsed under the weight of a crowd. 400 people were thrown into the river Bure with 79 being drowned.
2023 - From sandy beaches and amusement parks to historic sites and scenic walks, here are some of the best places to go and things to do in Great Yarmouth:
Great Yarmouth Beach: Start your visit with a leisurely stroll along the beautiful sandy beach that stretches for miles. You can relax in a deckchair, build sandcastles, or take a dip in the North Sea if the weather is warm enough.

Pleasure Beach: Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach is a classic amusement park that's been entertaining visitors for over a century. It features thrilling rides like roller coasters, a giant Ferris wheel, and family-friendly attractions. Don't miss the daily shows and events.

The Sea Life Centre: Explore the fascinating underwater world at the Sea Life Centre. You can see a variety of marine creatures, including sharks, rays, and seahorses. The highlight is the Ocean Tunnel, where you can walk through a glass tunnel with sharks swimming overhead.

Britannia Pier: Take a walk along Britannia Pier, which is not only a historic landmark but also a hub of entertainment. It has arcades, theaters, and a range of food outlets, making it a great place to spend ... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

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male ancestorThomas WILLIAMS (12 August 1582, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - 1621, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA (North Plymouth) (White Island Shores))
male ancestorStephen WILLIAMS (1583, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - September 18, 1625, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England)
female ancestorMargaret COOKE (1585, North Repps, North Norfolk District, Norfolk, England - September 12, 1625, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England)
female ancestorAnne THOMPSON (24 September 1598, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - 5 November 1639, Salem, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorHenry MOULTON (1605, , England (United Kingdom) - September 1652, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England)
male ancestorHenry SKERRY (1606, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - 30 December 1691, Salem, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJohn BARROWS (16 September 1609, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - 18 February 1692, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA (North Plymouth) (White Island Shores))
female ancestorElizabeth GOODALE (5 June 1614, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - 23 April 1651, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorJohn TOWNE (16 February 1623, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - 3 May 1678, Topsfield, Massachusetts, USA)

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