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.

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.