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Ballroom, skating-rink, beer-hall: Remembering the Winter Gardens

PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:43 16 October 2019

GREAT YARMOUTH

TEA - TIME AT WINTERGARDENS AT GREAT YARMOUTH ?

DATED  JUNE 1961

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GREAT YARMOUTH TEA - TIME AT WINTERGARDENS AT GREAT YARMOUTH ? DATED JUNE 1961 PLATE P3600

A palace of glass and steel, the Winter Gardens is one of Great Yarmouth's most instantly recognisable buildings.

GREAT YARMOUTH
WINTER GARDENS UNDER REPAIR SHROUDED WITH SCAFFOLDING
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PLATE P6460GREAT YARMOUTH WINTER GARDENS UNDER REPAIR SHROUDED WITH SCAFFOLDING NO DATE PLATE P6460

Built in Torquay in 1878, the failed business venture was dismantled, shipped around the coast and reassembled on the Golden Mile in 1904.

The Victorian icon has gone through many transformations.

Over the years it has been a ballroom, a roller-skating rink and an amusement arcade - electric light would fill its interior and beam out across the seafront and gleam on the water.

For a time it morphed into an Austrian-style beer garden, where ale-drinkers were served by waitresses in Tyrolean costume while an orchestra played.

GY/EVENTS
ROLLER-SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS - WINTER GARDENS
DATED 1967
N1002GY/EVENTS ROLLER-SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS - WINTER GARDENS DATED 1967 N1002

Now however, derelict and disused, it was listed last year as one of the UK's most endangered buildings - an unfortunate fate for a structure once considered the height of modernity.

The borough council is looking for an investor to bring the building, closed since 2008, back into use.

GY/ENTERTAINMENT
WINTER GARDENS BIERGARTEN DANCING
DATED 1969
PRINT C4429GY/ENTERTAINMENT WINTER GARDENS BIERGARTEN DANCING DATED 1969 PRINT C4429

ENTERTAINMENT

MR B. COOPER AGED 77 OF HINGHAM , ENTERTAINING MEMBERS WITH HIS DULCIMER IN THE WINTER GARDENS

DATED 13TH JUNE 1961

PHOTOGRAPHER COLTONENTERTAINMENT MR B. COOPER AGED 77 OF HINGHAM , ENTERTAINING MEMBERS WITH HIS DULCIMER IN THE WINTER GARDENS DATED 13TH JUNE 1961 PHOTOGRAPHER COLTON

Tyrol-by-the-Sea: the Winter Gardens transformed into a popular Austrian biergarten in 1966.Tyrol-by-the-Sea: the Winter Gardens transformed into a popular Austrian biergarten in 1966.

GREAT YARMOUTH
WINTER GARDENS
AUDIENCE LISTENING TO A BAND (salvation army?)
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GREAT YARMOUTH WINTER GARDENS AUDIENCE LISTENING TO A BAND (salvation army?) NO DATE PLATE P5350

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