Record Details

NHER Number:28932
Type of record:Building
Name:Town Hall


The Town Hall stands on the site of a hall built in 1715 with a huge Greek portico. The present red brick, sandstone and terracotta building was built in 1882 by J. B. Pearce in 'Queen Anne style'. Inside is a magistrates court with a complete set of furnishings from 1882. When this building was being underpinned during its construction 'an old landing place or draw dock' was found.


  • Great Yarmouth Town Hall.  © Courtesy of Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service.


Grid Reference:TG 5231 0742
Map Sheet:TG50NW

Full description

Town Hall

1887. Beneath town hall at foot of grand staircase.
'An old landing place or draw dock found' in underpinning.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NLA), 16 April 1992.

County number extended to take in all of Town Hall. Stands on site of hall of 1715 with huge Greek portico. Present buiding 1882 by J. B. Pearce; red brick and sandstone and terracotta in 'Queen Anne style'. Contains a magistrates court with complete set of furnishings from 1882. 1998 listed building grade II*.
See (S2) and (S3).
E. Rose (NLA), 28 April 1999.

June 2008.
Proposed careful demolition and rebuilding of chimneys and ornamental south gables.
See (S4) for further information
H. White (NLA) 25 November 2008

July 2008.
Clock face and movement restored.
See (S5)
H. White (NLA) 15 December 2008

December 2008.
Proposed replacement of access lader in clockroom leading to belfry and the installation of air bricks and trickle vents.
See (S6) for further information,
H.White (NLA) 15 January 2009

February 2010.
Proposal to install lead overflow pipes above each box gully.
See (S7) for further details,
H. White, (NLA), 21 April 2010

Monument Types

  • DOCK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COURT ROOM (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOWN HALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Designation: Listed Building Consent.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 502; Pl 2.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. Plans to convert council rooms given green light. 16 March.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Make-over reveals civic elegance. 18 April.
---Photograph: Photograph of Great Yarmouth Town Hall. Black & white.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. Bill for restoring historic town hall soars past £2m. 20 May.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Anon. 1887. The Underpinning of Great Yarmouth Town Hall. NROY. D50. p 6.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1246969.
<S3>Article in Serial: Manning, M.. 2000. Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court.. NIAS Journal. Vol 6, No 5. pp 22-30.
<S4>Unpublished Document: 2008. Design and Access Statement, Great Yarmouth Town Hall.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. No need to wind - and it's about time too. 11 December.
<S6>Unpublished Document: 2008. Design and Access Statement, Repair and Replacement works, Great Yarmouth Town Hall.
<S7>Unpublished Document: 2010. Design and access statement, Town Hall, King's Lynn.

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