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Photo gallery: Plaques unveiled to commemorate historic Great Yarmouth buildings

PUBLISHED: 12:34 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 15:36 26 November 2012

Great Yarmouth historical and archaeological society unveiling two blue plaques to commemorate the former Grouts Textile Mill  and Naval Hospital.
Both have since been knocked down with the factory being replaced with Booker's cash and carry warehouse.
Russell Ray, Manager of Bookers

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth historical and archaeological society unveiling two blue plaques to commemorate the former Grouts Textile Mill and Naval Hospital. Both have since been knocked down with the factory being replaced with Booker's cash and carry warehouse. Russell Ray, Manager of Bookers Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

Special blue plaques were unveiled in Great Yarmouth this morning, to commemorate two buildings that once played such an important role in the life of the town.

At 10.30am today (Monday, November 26) the Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society placed the distinctive circular signs on the former Grouts textile factory and naval hospital on St Nicholas Road, now the site of the Booker warehouse, during a small ceremony.

The factory began life in 1815, and employed thousands of people in the town. Silk artefacts made there were found on the wreckage of The Titanic. It closed in 1972.

The naval hospital dates back to 1793, and looked after wounded soldiers in the Napoleonic Wars, and was once visited by Admiral Lord Nelson in 1801.

Chairman of the society Paul Davies said: “Grouts used to be a major employer in the town and an important factory in the war effort.

“The other one is to commemorate Yarmouth’s great naval past especially in the Napoleonic wars.

“I think the people of Yarmouth should be proud of their heritage and where they live.”

2 comments

  • naval hospital dates back to 1973, when did nelson come and look at the naval hospital 1972, which war in 1973,

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    number one

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Another worthless plaque. "There's nothing to see here move along" maybe they should hang that plaque at gy entrance.

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    Paul Morley

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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