A summary of the February meeting:-

Welcome: 16 Members and 1 Visitor

Festive window awards 2017

Three members were thanked for presenting the awards. The chairman is to make the award to the St John Ambulance Badgers at the St J A  presentation night on 24 February.

GOSH 2018 Programme

A printed list of dates for meetings and exhibitions was circulated.


Friends of Gorleston Library Christmas fair: had raised £967

A mini-exhibition was provided at the Library coffee morning on the first Wednesday in February.  The coffee morning is 10.30 – 12 every 1st Wednesday of the month and a member will continue to take a fresh small selection of photos each month.

Exhibitions for 2018 are likely to include JGI Belton on Sunday 20 May, Cliff Top Gala on Sunday 29 July and MESH in the early autumn.  There was discussion about the Friends of Priory Gardens Fayre, and whether GOSH would participate this year.

There may be requests for others as the year progresses.

GOSH Blue plaques:

High   Street Methodist Chapel / Wetherspoon’s William Adams pub:  The wording and positioning of the plaque is all agreed with the architect and is ready to go. However, Wetherspoon’s managers are sharing no information regarding a confirmed opening date or arrangements for events to mark the opening.    

GOSH will meet at Shrublands as usual on 13 March and tell Wetherspoon’s that we are not available that morning.

Other new potential blue plaques

Two members have done a lot of research and there is now quite a list for which initial information is now to hand.  Agreed to try to progress the following:-

H D Arnott’s office, 171 High Street, built in 1882.  Arnott was a prominent local architect and an alderman.  The owner of the property is enthusiastic to progress this.  Full details to come to the March meeting.

The first Lions Club holiday home for the blind opened in Avondale Road in 1959.  It is necessary to contact the owner as a first step.

Coliseum Cinema:  this would need to go on either Boots or Iceland building.  We will see which looks the better situation and seek permission.

The Manor House in Pier Plain, currently privately owned. Les agreed to approach them about this.

Other ideas that can be followed up were:-

Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen for which Gorleston was a prominent base, early ships were built in Fellow’s shipyard and William Grenfell used Gorleston as his base.

The Jubilee Institute in the High Street and the Fisher Institute where Iceland now stands

Guildhall and Manor House in Baker Street

Star of Gorleston Lodge of Good Templers, which seem to have been very active in Gorleston during the 1880s and 1890s.

Whimsical Walker with is amusements and shooting gallery on the quay.

We have not forgotten but can’t progress the Ranger Company of Lifeboat Volunteers and the Elizabeth Simpson and also the Technical High School.


Suggestions for a summer outing will be welcomed.

Library Clock Steering Committee:

NCC has confirmed that they are the owners of the clock and papers are being drawn up for it to be on extended loan to the Palace Cinema but ownership to remain with NCC.

Any Other Business: 

 Photos   Henry Clay’s Pops 1913 at The Pavilion photo: agreed that the Pavilion should be offered a copy if they do not already have one.

The other interesting photos from the same photo album were Herbert’s Florists shop, we guess decorated for either the 1935 jubilee or the 1937 coronation plus a floral arrangement that must have been for the opening of the new Haven Bridge; the 1953 flood taken from near to Riverside Road near to Ice House Hill.

What’s On:  information about a wide range of forthcoming events at Shrublands, the Friends of the Library and the Library and the Palace.

Copies of Archaeology Society Journals containing articles about Gorleston have been given to GODH.

Next Meeting: 

Tuesday 13th March 2018





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