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Volunteers wanted to help explore unique history of Great Yarmouth’s medieval rows

PUBLISHED: 15:10 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:20 08 October 2018

Darren Barker, project director at Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, with one of the signs for the ancient Rows. Photo: Liz Coates

Darren Barker, project director at Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, with one of the signs for the ancient Rows. Photo: Liz Coates

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A charity is on the hunt for volunteers to help restore the medieval aspects of their town.

The Rows have recieved funding to help preserve their history. Photo: George RyanThe Rows have recieved funding to help preserve their history. Photo: George Ryan

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is looking for volunteers for the next stage of a project to enhance and celebrate Great Yarmouth’s medieval rows, which form part of the town’s unique street pattern.

The charity is leading a £50,000 investment project to initially enhance two of the narrow alleyways, including repairs and artistic interventions.

It is also installing 81 cast iron name plates bearing their historic names in the remaining rows, and interpretation panels are being developed for some rows.

The trust’s chairman, Bernard Williamson said: “These thoroughfares are a unique part of the borough’s rich cultural history, a remnant of medieval Yarmouth that is still used in everyday life.

The name plates that will be installed in The Rows.Picture: Great Yarmouth Borough CouncilThe name plates that will be installed in The Rows.Picture: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

“This is a really special opportunity to get involved in enhancing and celebrating the rows, as well as being trained in online and archive-based research and oral histories.

“Volunteers will look at the rows’ evolution, their links with people, trades, businesses, events, architecture and social history.”

Project coordinator Rachel Harrison is appealing for volunteers to be involved in research and recording activities about the rows over nine weeks from October 17 until December 12.

These will be held on Wednesdays from 10am to noon, mostly at Great Yarmouth Library. She would also like hear from people with any memories, stories or memorabilia relating to the rows which they would be willing to share as part of the project. Councillor Barry Coleman, chairman of the borough council’s economic development committee, said: “By enhancing wayfinding and connectivity within the town centre, the Rows Project is a key area of work under the Town Centre Masterplan that’s helping to boost Great Yarmouth’s historic central area.”

Yarmouth's historic rows will recieve £50,000. Photo: GYBCYarmouth's historic rows will recieve £50,000. Photo: GYBC

The Rows Project is part of Making Waves Together, a wider partnership project led jointly by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Waveney District Council.

It is funded by the national Great Place Scheme, which is working with communities and organisations to boost the cultural offer as a way of supporting economic success in seaside towns.

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