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Picture Gallery: A look back to scenes and people of Great Yarmouth in 1955

PUBLISHED: 12:12 03 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 03 February 2018

A yacht stuck at the Haven Bridge, Great Yarmouth, September 1955. Plate P6686

A yacht stuck at the Haven Bridge, Great Yarmouth, September 1955. Plate P6686

Here’s a selection of archive pictures from our library.

Great Yarmouth

Haven Bridge at Great Yarmouth.
On the roundabout two signs can be seen, directions for Vauxhall Station and Southtown Station (closed in 1970 and demolished in 1977).
Dated  December 1955

Plate  P9560 Great Yarmouth Haven Bridge at Great Yarmouth. On the roundabout two signs can be seen, directions for Vauxhall Station and Southtown Station (closed in 1970 and demolished in 1977). Dated December 1955 Plate P9560

They show scenes of bygone days in Great Yarmouth, the heyday of the herring industry, and a growing tourism destination.

All of the photographs were taken by staff members of the Great Yarmouth Mercury in 1955.

Enjoy!

Herring 

Fishing boat PD259 leaving Great Yarmouth harbour in 1955. 



Plate p8776 Herring Fishing boat PD259 leaving Great Yarmouth harbour in 1955. Plate p8776

Herring 

Fishermen gathering net on the dockside

 in Great Yarmouth in 1955. 

Plate p8775 Herring Fishermen gathering net on the dockside in Great Yarmouth in 1955. Plate p8775

The crowning of Great Yarmouth's Queen and Princess in September 1955. Plate P6687 The crowning of Great Yarmouth's Queen and Princess in September 1955. Plate P6687

Surveyors working at Breydon Water, Great Yarmouth, September 1955. Plate P5843 Surveyors working at Breydon Water, Great Yarmouth, September 1955. Plate P5843

A dancer coming out of a giant Easter egg at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. The event was sponsored by Palmers in April 1955. Plate P4604 A dancer coming out of a giant Easter egg at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. The event was sponsored by Palmers in April 1955. Plate P4604

Great Yarmouth's South Denes and Pleasure Beach pictured from Nelson's Monument in June 1955. Plate P4564 Great Yarmouth's South Denes and Pleasure Beach pictured from Nelson's Monument in June 1955. Plate P4564

The Wellesley Road recreation ground with the Imperial Hotel in the background. Dated April 1955. Plate P4431 The Wellesley Road recreation ground with the Imperial Hotel in the background. Dated April 1955. Plate P4431

St George's Chapel at the junction of King Street with Yarmouth Way which was under construction, dated February 1955. Plate P4138 St George's Chapel at the junction of King Street with Yarmouth Way which was under construction, dated February 1955. Plate P4138

Winter snow scene in Great Yarmouth, February 1955. Plate  P4125 Winter snow scene in Great Yarmouth, February 1955. Plate P4125

The Great Yarmouth fencing team pictured in January 1955. Plate P2867 The Great Yarmouth fencing team pictured in January 1955. Plate P2867

The former Middlegate Street area in 1955 after postwar reconstruction.
 Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY The former Middlegate Street area in 1955 after postwar reconstruction. Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY

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