Work under way on old Great Yarmouth abandoned shop

145 King Street with scaffolding and fences surrounding it.

Scaffolding has been put up around 145 King Street, ready for its renovation. - Credit: James Weeds

Work has begun inside a Grade II-listed building in the heart of Great Yarmouth.

The former carpet shop at 145 King Street was surrounded by a metal fence and scaffolding on Friday as work restoring the premises to its former glory was under way.

The building is currently in the hands of the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust which has received funding from Historic England's High Street Action Zone grant to help bring life back to the former shop.

The distinctive Grade II-listed building had been empty for almost two decades.

At the end of the last century the building was variously a carpet shop and a second hand centre.

In October, plans were said to provide a number of residential units within the building to help meet the demand in the town for accommodation.

Its restoration will form part of a £2.4m scheme to revitalise the town centre.