Post War regeneration in Great Yamouth

Photo:Demolition and clearing of areas after WWII

Demolition and clearing of areas after WWII

Great Yarmouth Museums

Photographs of bomb damage and reconstruction

By Laura Matthews

After the bombing of Great Yarmouth during WWII many of the rows were damaged leading to the eventual demolition of many of the houses. New streets, houses and estates were built and people who had lost their homes were rehoused in these new prefabricated buildings.

Did you live in the rows? What was it like? Were you moved into new housing and how did you feel about it? If you can answer any of these questions please click on the button below and contribute to the site.

This page was added by Laura Matthews on 20/03/2007.
Comments about this page

i was born in a bombed building my mother and father were squaters there. It was St. Peters Plain Great Yarmouth in 1955.

By valerie patterson
On 21/01/2009

WW2. I was 4yrs old when my mother took my two sisters & I to the Isle Of Man for safty. 6yrs later we returned to England. The 1st place I wanted to visit was the house where I was born on Caister Rd. Our house took a direct hit from a German bomb. All that was left was the outline of the foundation. There were some weeds, & one brave rose bush, & one rose in full bloom.

By Molly Yow ( Nutman )
On 09/02/2009

More to my story. Like I said --- Our house on Caister Rd was gone. We moved into Grandma Knowles house at 1 Balmoral Avenue. Up stairs was badly damaged & large sheets were hung across the stairs & we were told we could not go passed them. We all had to sleep down stairs.
Many streets had bombed buildings, sometimes rows of them. Inside walls were now outside. Fire places & chimineys , stairways leading to nowhere. There were no fences around them. My sister & I used to play in them, & poke through the rubble. A favorite game was to play house or school with our friends. We used the real foundation where a house once stood as our rooms.
As the rebuilding began I was facinated by patched up roofs where the new tiles were a different color to the original, but of course ,what was available had to be used. Eventually our family moved to a house on North Drive. Molly Yow. Feb 2009

By Molly Yow
On 23/02/2009

To add to this section, I also grew up in Gt Yarmouth during the war. Many houses on our street were bombed out and most had a great deal of damage. Our home had the double sliding doors blown off, which had been thrown onto the chair my grandmother used to sit in, holding me when a small boy. Fortunately for myself as well as the rest of the family we had gone away to see off my uncle who had joined the Navy in 1944 on the day of the bombing.

For me, as a boy, all buildings required being propped up that's how I remember the UK. It was not until I came to Canada as a small boy that I realized buildings were not in streets filled with debris.
Bombed ruins were our play grounds in the 1940's and 50's.

One incident I remember well was a woman who lived down the street, whom my mother thought was trying to kidnap us. My brothers and I thought she was just a gypsy.

The narrow lanes were a place where we kids used to brace ourselves on the walls and shimmy up to the roof (a sort of a game)... I remember some homes had broken bottles cemented into the brick walls to prevent people from climbing them.

By Barrie
On 04/03/2010

I have letters and documents relating to the compulsory purchase by the council of a property belonging to my grandmother in 1939 .  My grandparents accepted an offer of £5 for the cottage in Kirkman's Passage...

By barbara taylor
On 28/07/2010

In 1944 when my Father came out of the RAF (invalided) and came back to Yarmouth we lived in Ferry Lane off South town road. Has anyone any info on Ferry Lane -when were the houses built-when were they knocked down-any photos of Ferry Lane? Thanks Mike.

By Mike Godfrey
On 21/01/2011

wow loads of places have been bombed I'm so surprised !!!! tell me MORE !!!!

By lillie may donalds
On 05/08/2011

I was born at Ferry Lane 1966

By tracy weller
On 21/10/2011

I live in Great Yarmouth and my road Milton Road was bombed. By the Germans.

By Courtney Brown
On 04/06/2014

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