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A-Z of Norfolk nostalgia: A history of Gorleston in pictures

PUBLISHED: 10:12 01 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 01 June 2017

A crowded Gorleston seafront in the 1940s. In the background the Pier Hotel, The Floral Hall and open aired swimming pool can be seen.

 Photo: Archant Library

A crowded Gorleston seafront in the 1940s. In the background the Pier Hotel, The Floral Hall and open aired swimming pool can be seen. Photo: Archant Library

Take a trip down memory lane with our A-Z of Norfolk and Suffolk’s towns and villages. Continuing with G, we take a brief look at the history of Gorleston.

Gorleston, a town situated near the mouth of the River Yare, dates back to before the Roman period. It has always struggled to escape the shadow of its bigger neighbour, Great Yarmouth, located just four miles to the North.

By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, Gorleston had a very busy port. Its location on the river made it an ideal place for salt pans which were used for curing herring. This is the main reason that the town became one of the busiest ports along the English coast.

In the 19th century the decline of the fishing industry lead to it becoming a popular seaside resort instead. Renowned for its beautiful golden beaches and old fashioned seaside charm, the arrival of the railway in 1903 brought holidaymakers to Gorleston, with accommodation and facilities quickly following to cater for the new influx of visitors.

Beachside cafés, pitch and put and seaside shows are just a few of the things that keep locals and visitors returning to this lovely seaside village.

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