Great Yarmouth Ferry Crossings

Photographs of Great Yarmouth Ferry

By Sarah Woods

It was quite a long trip for workers in Gorleston to cross the river on one of the bridges to get to work in Great Yarmouth. So hundreds of workers used to use the ferry every day to cross the River for work at one of the many factories. Many people cycled to the ferry so there were always a large amount of bicycles in the purpose built sheds or lined up along side the river.

Photo:Bicyclers lined up at the ferry crossing

Bicyclers lined up at the ferry crossing

courtesy of Jack Harrison

Photo:Bicycle sheds at Ferry Terminal

Bicycle sheds at Ferry Terminal

courtesy of Jack Harrison

Photo:Ferry Crossing

Ferry Crossing

courtesy of Jack Harrison

Photo:Ferry Sign

Ferry Sign

courtesy of Jack Harrison

Photo:People waiting to board the ferry

People waiting to board the ferry

courtesy of Jack Harrison

This page was added by Sarah Woods on 06/03/2008.
Comments about this page

I saw an article yesterday (20th January) in the EDP about bringing back one of the old Yarmouth Lifeboats. I also read Sarah Woods’ article and liked the pictures of the ferry across the Yare from Gorleston to South Quay. I used to use it to get to work at Bird's Eye and Docwras rock factory nearly every day. This must have been around the late 70s. I asked the man who used to steer it what would happen if we sank, (we didn't wear lifejackets then) as sometimes the river got quite choppy and all the ladies from Bird's Eye would scream when we hit a big wave. He told me it used to be a lifeboat, so it was very unlikely to sink, and the seats we were sitting on were life rafts. He even let me steer it across the river with the rudder once! I saw your pictures on your site and wondered if it could be the same lifeboat or the one they are trying to bring back to Yarmouth? Does anyone else remember going across the river on the ferry to work? Appeal launched to bring old Gorleston lifeboat home Campaigners hope to bring a historic lifeboat back to her home port in time to display her at the Great Yarmouth.

By Kath Jackson
On 22/01/2013

In 2 weeks time I will be 83 years old and fortunately and by the grace of God I am still healthy and fit. I lived in Gorleston from 1945 until 1958. My mother had a greengrocery shop in Bells Road and I was in the Boys Brigade at the Baptist church in Nioe Road. I went to Yarmouth Grammar School and my girl friend, June Smith went to the Girls High school. To visit her, I would take the ferry across from below the Albion pub to the fish wharf where her parents had an Off licence business. That ferry was rowed across the river, often with the help of passengers by an ox of a man we used to call Jumbo. If anyone reads this and would like to know more please do contact me by email

By David Johnson
On 04/02/2018

Yes I also remember the ferry. I stayed with my grandmother a lot when I was younger and also I had an Auntie who lived in Southtown, Albany Rd. I used the ferry to visit her sometimes -  lovely memories !!!  My age like you will be 83 in March!!!

By Rose Stockings. Nee Warnes
On 14/02/2018

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