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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 and if you happen to see Ernie at Great Yarmouth Painting & Craft, he might be persuaded to recount some Yarmouth folk lore about life in the Rows.

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Walks in the borough of Great Yarmouth

Ormesby

Ormesby St Margaret to Hemsby

Great Yarmouth

Ormesby St Margaret to Hemsby Walk is a 6 mile (9.66 kilometre) walk starting at the footpath sign on the Memorial Green in Ormesby St Margaret near Great Yarmouth.

Burgh Castle Walk

Burgh Castle

Great Yarmouth

This walk in Burgh Castle is a 1.5 mile (2.5 kilometre) circular walk starting at Burgh Castle Roman Fort car park on Butt Lane in Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth..

Winterton

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.

Winterton Mill Farm Walk

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.

Hemsby Walk

Hemsby Walk

Hemsby

Hemsby Walk is a 3.4 mile (5.5 kilometre) circular walk starting at the Lacon Arms public house in Hemsby near Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth Town Wall Walk

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.

Burgh Castle

Burgh Castle to Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth

Burgh Castle to Great Yarmouth along the Angles Way is a 4.5 mile (7.25 kilometre) walk starting at Burgh Castle Roman Fort car park in Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth.

Gorleston Promenade

Gorleston Promenade/ExerciseTrail

Gorleston-on-Sea

Gorleston Promenade & Exercise Trail Walk is a 2.1mile (3.4 kilometre) circular walk starting at the promenade beside the Pier Hotel at the harbour mouth in Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth.

Berney Arms Windmill

The Berney Arms

Great Yarmouth

The Berney Arms to Great Yarmouth Walk is a 5.6 mile (9 kilometre) walk starting at the Berney Arms Inn near Great Yarmouth.

Winterton

Winterton via East Somerton

Great Yarmouth

Winterton-on-Sea via East Somerton Walk is a 3.3 mile (5.3 kilometre) circular walk starting at the Beach Road public car park in Winterton-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth.

Filby Chapel Walk

Filby Chapel

Great Yarmouth

Filby Chapel Walk is a 1.6 mile (2.7 kilometre) circular walk starting at Filby Bridge, in Filby village near Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth to Mautby Walk

Great Yarmouth to Mautby

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth to Mautby Walk is a 9 mile (9.66 kilometre) circular walk starting at Bure Park on the outskirts of Great Yarmouth. A shorter walk of 6 miles is also possible from this same starting point.

Filby Mill Walk

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.

Rollesby Broad

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.

Fleggburgh (Burgh St Margaret) Walk 15

Fleggburgh (Burgh St Margaret)

Great Yarmouth

Fleggburgh (Burgh St Margaret) walk is a 2 mile (3.2 kilometre) walk starting at Fleggburgh village hall in Fleggburgh near Great Yarmouth.

Ormesby St Margaret Walk

Ormesby St Margaret Village

Great Yarmouth

Ormesby St Margaret Village Walk is a 1.5 mile (2.4 kilometre) circular walk starting at the footpath sign on the Memorial Green in Ormesby St Margaret near Great Yarmouth.

Thurne

Thurne

Great Yarmouth

Thurne Walk is a 3.3 mile (5.3 kilometre) circular walk starting at the Lion Inn public house in Thurne near Great Yarmouth.

Somerleyton Hall

Fritton to Somerleyton

Great Yarmouth

Fritton to Somerleyton (Angles Way) Walk is a 4.5 mile (7.25 kilometre) walk starting at the Decoy Tavern in Fritton near Great Yarmouth.

Burgh Castle

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

Martham Low Road Walk

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.

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