Be warned: some of these facts may not be from reputable sources.
Among the most complete town walls in England.
Oldest civic building in UK (Tolhouse)
Largest parish church in England (St. Nicholas Church)
Only vaulted Franciscan cloister remaining in England
One of the largest market places in Britain
Third worst affected town in England by the Black Death
Charles I’s death sentence signed in Great Yarmouth
One of the first purpose built cinemas in Britain (Windmill)
The Regent was the most luxurious cinema outside London when it was built
Oldest wooden scenic railway outside the USA (one of the oldest still in use in the World)
Only large urban icehouse left in country
The Hippodrome is only one of two permanent circus buildings in Britain
The Hippodrome is one of only three circuses in the World to have a sunken ring, allowing water shows
Breydon Bridge has the longest lifting section of any bridge in Britain.
First civilian deaths in an air raid in Britain
First air raid on UK soil
First Zeppelin raid on British soil 19/1/15 – 25 St Peter’s Plain
Last Zeppelin raid on British soil 5/8/18
Fish finger invented in Great Yarmouth, 1952.
The many potato chip stalls on Great Yarmouth Market are prohibited by local byelaws to sell fried fish
Great Yarmouth exports spaghetti to Italy
Largest windfarm in the country.
First escalator in East Anglia
First speed camera in UK
Largest colony of little terns in Britain (North Denes)
All the Rows end to end would have exceeded 7 miles
The self righting lifeboat was designed by a Yarmouth man James Beeching, 1849
Town council entered the first lottery in England (1567) to raise money for the Borough. “a very rich lottery, generally without blankes, containing a great number of good prizes as well as ready money as of plate and certain sortes of merchandizes. The number of lottes to be 400000 and no more; and every lot to be the sum of ten shillings sterling and no more.”
One of only a few (4?) towns in England granted the right of outfangthef in the town charter.
Finest quay in Europe (Daniel Defoe)
Strangest town in the wide world (according to Dickens)
Yarmouth has long been celebrated for the great purity and bracing quality of the air, which acts as a powerful yet wholesome stimulant to the human frame, whether worn down by care, anxiety or disease (Great Exhibition, quoted in Pevsner and Wilson, 1997, 488)
The plan can well be compared, on its own intimate scale, with that of Manhattan (Pevsner and Wilson, 1997, 489)
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