Yarmouth ~ Life & Changes In the Earlier 20 Century th
The Norman grid-work layout of Baldwin de Redvers new Town of Yarmouth in 1135
When Yarmouth’s first tidal mill was built in the 1660s, the flowof water between the River Yar and Thorley Brook was blockedby an embankment which created a mill pond behind it on theThorley side. Here is the ‘new’ 1793 tidal mill - for making flour.
Yarmouth in 1718 – Two MPs ‘served’ this tiny community for nearly 250 years!
A strong north wind produces troubles off shore in the 1830s or early 1840s
Yarmouth in 1838 (by Brannon)Notable: the Old Sand House (Hayles Boatyard, one of the oldest buildings in Yarmouth), the Mill (1793) and in the distance Freshwater Church
Yarmouth in 1865 (the same Brannon print amended and updated !!)Now Note: the new Breakwater and Harbour (built1843-47) and the new Bridge connecting with Norton (opened 1860)
Yarmouth from the old bridge (opened 1860), photographed c. 1875
Some 40 years on (c.1906) and little had changed!
Photograph of the Pier entrance c. 1890 – Note the‘Posting Establishment’ on the left and the Dolphin Inn beyond.
The Impressively Smart Post Office Staff c.1910
St James’s ChurchCompleted in 1626The main entrance to the churchwas, in line with most, at thewestern end. Only when motortraffic made that too dangerousdid the side (Northern door)become the entrance which westill use.
A beach outing for the Rector and group of Sunday School teachers
The locomotive ‘Freshwater’ on a trial tripon the new Railway at Yarmouth in 1888
Yarmouth StationThe Railway embankment across the modern marshes probably ruined themillpond and possibly explained the final decline of the Mill in the late C19th
A Train steaming across the flooded Marshes (of Thorley Haven) in October 1909
The Island had a good Railway Network by the mid 20th century,though with only one line to the West Wight, which closed in 1953
A train from Newport arriving at Yarmouth Station
Yarmouth Harbour c.1867Notice how much of it was silted up – and here not even at low tide
Yarmouth in 1937* Notice the main road from the Old Bridge ran straight into the Square* There was no Ticket Office (or Shenanigans) hiding the Castle wall By 1986-7 much new land had been reclaimed, including* Nearly all of theextended quay for the ferry and the new public the widely current Slipway area, along with the Green, the Car Park and the Main Road skirting Yarmouth from the roundabout ring-road sytem linking with the new bridge were still under water … at least at high tide
Back Lane (Tennyson Road) c.1920 which led to ‘The Mount’ until 1966
To Conclude ….Yarmouth Square – abuzz with activity – in the late 1950s
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Other Pictures for Inclusion Next Time Smiths welcomed 1948 Passenger Shelter – Sandhard The Common 1912 The Home Guard The Scouts 1918 The Common End of High Street (inc Milkman)
The grid lay-out of the original Norman town of Yarmouth The SolentSea EastGate Gate The Square River Hither Gate Yar
‘Sea Birds’ at the Solent Yacht Club Regatta of 1902
An Aerial View looking across Yarmouth Harbour pre-1938