Winter makeover for Great Yarmouth’s Tolhouse Museum

Work is being done to repair the Tolhouse Museum in Yarmouth. Photo: Liz Coates

Work is being done to repair the Tolhouse Museum in Yarmouth. Photo: Liz Coates - Credit: Archant

One of Great Yarmouth's best known museums is encased in a scaffolding shroud.

Conservationists working at the Tolhouse Museum, in Tolhouse Street, are using its winter hibernation period as a chance to catch up with some jobs.

A £6,500 package of repairs is being carried out on the flint-studded building, one of the UK's oldest gaols and the town's oldest civic building.

The former court house was once a place of filth and degradation where horrible punishments were metered out and the inmates charged for every tiny benefit.

Today it is a popular museum telling the story of crime and punishment.


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The work includes replacement fascia and cast iron gutter repairs at the museum which is closed for the season.

Works started on November 6 and Norfolk Property Consultants aim to have the project completed by mid December.

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It closed as a prison in around 1880.

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