Restoration work is carried out at Great Yarmouth’s Fishermen’s Hospital
PUBLISHED: 10:10 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 21 April 2017
A plaque and a tympanum decorative door covering have been restored to their former glory at a Great Yarmouth town centre building that is more than 300 years old.
The restoration work at the Fishermen’s Hospital was carried out by Cathy Mijatovic, under the direction of Darren Barker through Norfolk Conservation Ltd.
The work also saw Glen Thain from Arthur Jary and Sons funeral directors give up time to re-cut the letters on the stone plaque, which says how the Fishermen’s Hospital was built in 1702 by the Great Yarmouth Corporation. It was an almshouse for old or what were described as “decayed” fishermen.
It provided a home for 20 poor fishermen and their wives. To stay there they had to be over 60 and no longer able to provide for themselves.
The site now comprises several cottages and is incorporated as part of Great Yarmouth Municipal Charities.