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Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust was founded in 1979 with a vision to preserve the historic built environment in the Borough of Great Yarmouth. The Trust was incorporated as a company limited under guarantee in 1980. The Trust has directly saved historic buildings and campaigned and helped to promote the preservation of our shared heritage. The Trust also works in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to assist with the delivery of grant schemes and regeneration projects.

Making Waves Together - Historic Rows

The Rows Project aims to focus on enhancing the unique historical town rows of Great Yarmouth dating back to Mediaeval times. To celebrate these once heavily populated areas, where townsfolk worked, lived and played; the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is providing opportunities to get involved in building conservation training, volunteering, research, recording, documenting and creative activities.

After years of the rows not having any signs, some only having painted numbers, all 62 of the 150 original rows that remain got signs added once again. The names on the signs were mostly decided based off what they are currently known as, due to the rows having been renamed many times over the years, it would be close to impossible to call them by their original names.

All the new signs were delivered to the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, and started going onto the walls from Wednesday 20th June, with all of them being erected by Friday 22nd June.

The rows will be getting various repairs, as well as information being on display for people to see. Most of the repairs will be handled by Norfolk Conservation Ltd.

Part of the project is the ongoing task of keeping the streets of Yarmouth clear of litter. The 'Street Level' team will be meeting up weekly on Tuesdays to make Yarmouth a better place by making it look nicer by initally simply getting rid of all the litter that is prevalent around the town.

Flower beds have now started to be added around the rows, focusing on areas that have flowerbeds that have been left abandoned in the past, but are still usable. The first area chosen was on King Street, just outside the entrance to Row 126 - Robin's Half Row. This was done alongside Iceni Care, with some flowers being donated by the community gardeners patch in St. Georges Park. The Trust will also be accepting any donated plants, and finding new homes for them.

The street level team is lead by Rachel Harrison, and if you want to take part in the project, you can visit us at 133 King Street at 10 on Tuesdays or get in contact with Rachel by email at rachel@gy-pt.org or call 07785750129.