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The Scores of Yarmouth: the old herring fishermens alleys have been refurbished

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Comments (9)

©Würmer on November 18, 2007

NOT A World Heritage Site...?!?

Ian Stehbens on December 7, 2007

I think the herring fishing history of Yarmouth is most interesting and under-rated. Ian

©Würmer on December 10, 2007

Definitely! I've never heard of it (and you failed to give me a hint, eh, link).

looks rather like salmon than herring, though, those decorative thing-a-ma-lings nailed to the wall on the left there... odd idea, I smell an artist! ;-)

Ian Stehbens on February 8, 2009

Dear Ian,

After all this time I have finally found a link for you to fill you in a little on The Rows

And I quote:

Although the town was heavily bombed during the Second World War, some of its ancient rows still remain.

People lived and worked down these dark, smelly and dingy lanes, where residents slung their rubbish out into the sloping pathways so it would be washed away to sea.

The town's 145 rows were built so close together that people could open their windows and touch hands with their neighbours.

But people opening their doors out into the rows caused problems so a law was passed to make people reverse the hinges on their doors to open inwards instead.

If you didn't obey then you were fined and your door was nailed shut so you couldn't get out!

Today, just a few rows are still standing as part of the old format, which ran between St Nicholas Church and the fire station on Friars Lane.

Further to this, I understand that the orientation W/E was also important for it allowed for ventilation using the recurrent winds. The width was primarily determined by the width of the hand carts that carried the casks of salted herring.

The folklore that hangs around this precinct is that there was no way an outsider could catch a thief or thug, for the narrow routes and the many doorways of them made following an runaway impossible and led the pursuer into an ambush!

Perhaps because of the Rows very few from Yarmouth were presented to The Old Bailey for trial and sentencing to "transportation to Botany Bay for 14 years"!

And had you lived here you would have been lucky to smell an artist!



Ian Stehbens on February 8, 2009

Dear Bartowian,

Here is another fuller link to the Rows of Great Yarmouth

Unfortunately, I cannot identify my photographed row on this particular website. Kitty Witches Row is one I remember locating.

Hope you find all this interesting.


©Würmer on February 8, 2009

interesting reading... what a 'strange' and unpleasant place that was, that England of olden times...

...and here I sat worrying about you "Down Under" -- if it's not terrible flooding, it's horrible fires that I see on the tele for what seems to be a week already now; that you found the time to post a follow-up to a 14 month old comment seems reassuring that at least you are not in immediate danger... right ?!?

good to hear from you, Ian-Down-Under,

your friend Ian-Up-There-Somewhere


Ian Stehbens on February 8, 2009

Dear o dear, are you up there somewhere, Ian?!! I hope then if that is true when you will no longer be my antipodean-ego but my guardian angel.

Thanks for your awareness and concern for assaults that various communities in the south and in the north have been experiencing, Ian.

In Sydney we are located to the south of half-way, and hence we have tended to experience the hot summer breath from the blast furnace in the interior from time to time this summer, as Melbourne and Adelaide have, but just a couple of degrees C lower. We also had some early summer rain which has minimised the threat for this year, though probably enhanced the threat for next year by providing more growth.

It's a big continent-down-under here, as you well know, and the natural hazards do require management, planning and adjustments. But what is the hardest to come to terms with is, that in the case of most, if not all these fires, they have been deliberately lit by arsonists - "mass murderers" the Prime Minister has called them.

The fire at Churchill, for example, started inside a pine plantation! I am sure there will be plenty of resources made available to identify the cause of the ignition. And those responsible will be brought to trial, and the legal consequences are undeniably severe. But the societal root causes that generate angry, usually young, males who will resort to this hostile behaviour must also be recognised and attended to.

The official death toll now exceeds 130, and thousands of homes and farms and hectares of forest and national parks have been utterly incinerated. It is a tragic chapter in our story.

Thanks for your concern, and friendship.


Wa Wa on September 4, 2011

Fine! Excellent gallery! Greetings from Japan!

Ian Stehbens on October 3, 2011

Thanks very much, Mandegan. It has been a pleasure to host you on your visit to my gallery. Come again.


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