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Visit our historic Rows

Until the 19th century, building was only permitted within the Medieval town walls. The limited space dictated that houses were built as closely together as possible, which led to the development of The Rows.

Unique to Great Yarmouth, the Rows were a network of 145 very narrow streets which ran parallel to each other.

They were so narrow that a special 'Troll Cart' was developed to transport goods along them. There's a pub named after this unusually shaped cart, and you can see the real thing at the Time and Tide Museum.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) said of them: "A Row is a long, narrow lane or alley quite straight, or as nearly as maybe, with houses on each side, both of which you can sometimes touch at once with the finger tips of each hand, by stretching out your arms to their full extent."

The Rows took up most of the land inside the town walls. At first both rich and poor people lived there together. The wealthier people gradually moved out and their houses were divided up into smaller properties. This left a fantastic range of architecture. Grand merchant houses stood next to tiny dwellings which were built back-to-back with the houses in the next row.

The number of rows changed as some were blocked up and new ones created. The Rows were all given names derived from local characters or prominent buildings. 'Kitty Witches' which ran from King Street to Middlegate Street, was the narrowest row at just 27 inches (68.5cm) wide in some parts. Some rows had more than three names. In 1804 it was decided to make things easier and give each row a number.

Today you can visit real Row houses at Great Yarmouth Row Houses where Row 111 and The Old Merchants House show two different ideas of what life was like when the Rows were inhabited. Alternatively, an increadibly realistic Row with inhabitants throughout the ages has been recreated at Time and Tide. Broad Row and Market Row are also well worth a look, both run from the Market Place to Hall Quay and today are packed with shops.

Few people now live in The Rows, however, a lot of evidence of this unique way of life survives. Row numbers are still painted on walls at the ends of passageways as you walk around Great Yarmouth.

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Walks in the borough of Great Yarmouth

Fleggburgh to Rollesby

Great Yarmouth

This Fleggburgh to Rollesby circular walk is a 6 mile (9.6 kilometre) circular walk starting at Fleggburgh Village Hall car park near Great Yarmouth and walking up and around to the next village of Rollesby.

Winterton to Horsey

Great Yarmouth

A long coastal walk from Winterton to Horsey with stunning views and wildlife including views of the main grey seal colony. Options for a shorter 7.5 mile or 9 mile walk.

Burgh Castle to Fritton

Great Yarmouth

This Burgh Castle to Fritton walk is part of the Angle Way and is a 4.5 mile (7.25 kilometre) walk starting at Burgh Castle Roman Fort car park in Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth to Caister-on-Sea

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth to Caister Walk is a 6 mile (9.66 kilometre) circular walk starting at the White Swan public house on North Quay in Great Yarmouth.

Thurne to Clippesby

Great Yarmouth

Two choices for the Thurne to Clippesby Walk - the full loop is a 6.7 mile (10.8km) circular walk starting at the Lion Inn public house in the village of Thurne near Great Yarmouth or a shorter loop is possible for a walk of 4.5m (7.2km).

Winterton Dunes

Great Yarmouth

The Winterton Dunes Walk is a 4.75 mile (7.6 kilometre) circular walk starting at Beach Road public car park in Winterton near Great Yarmouth.

Browston

Great Yarmouth

This Browston Walk is a 2 mile (3.2 kilometre) circular walk starting close to the waterworks building on Hall Road in Browston near Great Yarmouth and is a rural walk with lakeside views.

Great Yarmouths Medieval Town Wall

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouths Town Wall walk is a circular walk of less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) starting at Great Yarmouth's Vauxhall Railway Station.

Ormesby St Margaret to Decoy Road

Great Yarmouth

Ormesby St Margaret to Decoy Road Walk is a 3 mile (4.8 kilometre) circular walk starting at the footpath sign on the Memorial Green in Ormesby St Margaret near Great Yarmouth.

Winterton Mill Farm

Great Yarmouth

Winterton Mill Farm Walk is a 2.8 mile (4.5 kilometre) circular walk starting at the Fisherman's Return public house in Winterton near Great Yarmouth.

Gorleston Quayside and Town

Gorleston-on-Sea

Gorleston Quayside and Town Walk is a 2.2 mile (3.5 kilometre) circular walk starting at Brush Quay in Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth.

Martham Staithe

Great Yarmouth

Martham Staithe Walk is a 3.01 mile (4.8 kilometre) circular walk starting from Martham Library on Black Street in Martham near Great Yarmouth.

Beacon Park Woodland

Gorleston-on-Sea

Beacon Park Woodland Walk is a 1.8 mile (2.89 kilometre) circular walk starting at the west side of the Beacon Innovation Centre on the outskirts of Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth.

Filby Mill

Great Yarmouth

Filby Mill Walk is a 2.9 mile (4.8 kilometre) circular walk starting at Filby Bridge in the village of Filby near Great Yarmouth.

Stokesby

Great Yarmouth

Stokesby Walk is a 4.25 mile (6.75 kilometre) circular walk starting at the riverside car park located 100 metres from the Ferry Inn at Stokesby village near Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth to Mautby

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth to Mautby Walk is a 6 mile (9.66 kilometre) circular walk starting at Bure Park on the outskirts of Great Yarmouth.

Runham

Great Yarmouth

Runham Walk is a 2.2 mile (3.5 kilometre) circular walk starting at Runham village green in Runham near Great Yarmouth.

Martham Low Road

Great Yarmouth

Martham Low Road Walk is a 2.5 mile (4 kilometre) circular walk starting at Repps Road in the village of Martham near Great Yarmouth.

Halvergate Weavers Way

Norwich

Halvergate Weavers Way Walk is a 10 mile (16 kilometre) circular walk starting at St Peter & St Paul's Church in Halvergate on the outskirts of Great Yarmouth towards Norwich.

Great Yarmouth Historic Town

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Historic Town Walk is a 1.9 mile (3 kilometre) circular walk starting at Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth.

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