Search

Former restaurant gives up secrets as experts peel back the years

PUBLISHED: 09:11 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:39 28 December 2017

Former Fatsos restaurant on King Street, Yarmouth is being stripped back to its 17th century origins.
Darren Barker from the Preservation Trust inside the former merchants house.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Former Fatsos restaurant on King Street, Yarmouth is being stripped back to its 17th century origins. Darren Barker from the Preservation Trust inside the former merchants house. Picture: Nick Butcher

Archant © 2017

Time was when a down-at-heel former restaurant stood in pride of place in one of Great Yarmouth’s most exclusive districts.

Former Fatsos restaurant on King Street, Yarmouth is being stripped back to its 17th century origins.
Picture: Nick Butcher Former Fatsos restaurant on King Street, Yarmouth is being stripped back to its 17th century origins. Picture: Nick Butcher

Overlooking one of the UK’s finest baroque churches it would have been brimming with glamour and ostentation.

Now, hundreds of years later conservationists are stripping back the layers and uncovering details that give glimpses of its opulent past.

Fatso’s in King Street was for some 30 years a popular eaterie that added to the Georgian street’s busy mix of shops and bars.

Having failed to reach its reserve at auction it was bought by the town’s Preservation Trust, a charity which already owns a dozen buildings in the town.

Darren Barker, project director, said the 18th century building had been acquired at “just the right time.”

And the task of stripping it back was revealing tiny details, insignificant in the themselves, but adding to the story of the building.

At its heart is a huge inglenook fireplace probably pre-dating the main house with a narrow winding staircase leading to the upper two floors.

Still in place are the original 18th century shutters and traces of occupation from the period.

When it was built in 1750, on the site of an older building, it would have been home to a wealthy merchant and his family whose business was run along the Rows that linked the house to the quayside.

Fragments of William Morris-style paper and hessian wallpaper which looks to have an oriental influence - so fine it was nailed to the wall so it could be taken down if the family moved - were also found.

Upstairs in the servants quarters there were no fires and evidence of the lengths the scullery maid or pantry boy would have gone to to keep warm.

For pasted to the walls to keep out draughts was a myriad of advertisements for soaps and handsome clocks that are being carefully removed and preserved.

In the New Year the conversion process will see the house subdivided into a three bedroom, three storey home on one side and offices on the other.

The Sue Lambert Trust, a Norfolk charity which supports survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, is looking to move in, Mr Barker said.

Other News

Yesterday, 19:35

On behalf of most of the general public I am totally fed up with endless roadworks and road closures. I appreciate (some) have to be done but can’t they stagger them out a bit?

Yesterday, 19:19

A main road has been closed as a result of a serious collision.

Yesterday, 17:07

A busy road has reopened to eastbound traffic after a lorry jackknifed on the A47 between Acle and Great Yarmouth.

Yesterday, 16:17

Snow could be on its way to Norfolk on Sunday as the temperatures plummet to below freezing overnight.

Most Read

Fri, 08:28

Great Yarmouth is set for a tourism spending boost after it was confirmed cruise ships will be docking with hundreds of passengers at the town’s port throughout the year.

Read more
Graham Plant
Tue, 20:26

A care home in Great Yarmouth has been forced to close after watchdogs uncovered a catalogue of concerns.

Read more
Care Quality Commission
Fri, 11:17

He is a cat who became an internet star by making Great Yarmouth’s Tesco store his second home.

Read more
Facebook
Mon, 15:48

A teacher is feeling a new woman and enjoying time with her children after she lost more than four stone in 26 weeks.

Read more
Tue, 10:50

A woman has been arrested on the suspicion of drug-driving and possession of a class A drug after the car she was believed to be driving crashed into a home in Gorleston.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 4°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter