Do you remember how Great Yarmouth seafront used to look?

Great Yarmouth's Royal Aquarium in 1951.

Great Yarmouth's Royal Aquarium in 1951. - Credit: Archant

These photos from the EDP and Evening News archive show how Great Yarmouth's seafront has changed over the decades.

As Great Yarmouth's seafront is set for a nostalgic makeover, we take a look through the achieves at five iconic buildings on the town's seafront:

The Windmill Theatre:

Originally built as The Gem Theatre, this spectacular seafront pleasure palace is one of the UK's earliest surviving Cine Variety buildings and was designed by Adam S Hewitt, who also designed the nearby Empire Theatre.

The Hippodrome:


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Tucked behind a row of amusement arcades, the Hippodrome used to look out over the sea and is a Grade I-listed terracotta gem, one of just three surviving purpose-built indoor circuses in the world.

The Royal Aquarium:

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This imposing building was a cornerstone of Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile and was built in 1875 as an aquarium, later becoming a venue for summer shows, pantomimes and roller skating.

The Empire:

Built in 1908, the Empire Theatre's auditorium was on two levels and boasted a band room under the stage which was 40ft wide by 48ft deep and a stunning barrel-vaulted ceiling which can still be seen today.

Sailors' Home:

Now the Tourism Office, the Sailors' Home (full name: The Great Yarmouth Beachmen and Fishermens' Institute, British and Foreign Sailors' Home and Refuge for the Shipwrecked Of All Nations) on the seafront was where shipwrecked sailors were taken and given food, medical care and a bed for the night.

What are your memories of the area? You can leave your comments below.

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