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    Default Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens & Empire Building


    So the other weekend I was on a rather messy boys weekend away ;) in Great Yarmouth,
    when during one of the more sober periods we came across a couple of great looking derelict
    buildings. On sunday morning I managed to drag myself out of my Hotel bed & go for a bit of a
    scout around before the town got too busy. Unfortunately both of the derelict sites were locked up
    tighter than a vicars daughter so all the shots are external i'm afraid.

    Here is some history surrounding the Winter Gardens;
    1878 Design/Construction:
    Watson & Harvey (built in Torquay) – Architect
    The Winter Gardens were originally constructed in Torquay, where it subsequently failed as a business. In 1904 the Great Yarmouth Corporation purchased the gardens for £1,300 (one tenth of the original cost) to improve the Wellington Pier site.
    The Gardens were floated around the coast from Torquay on a barge to its new home it has had a variety of uses, including a roller-skating rink and most recently a family entertainment centre.
    However, deterioration of its metal work and the wooden frame which holds the glass in place has forced the council to close the building. Fears have even been raised the structure could fall down in high winds.

    When I was having a look around the gardens I had a good chat with the manageress (?) from the Pier amusements next to the gardens. She led me to believe that most likely due to the cost of the restoration required (over £6 million), chances are that nothing will happen to the Gardens until after the Olympics when more funding / grant money will become more readily avaliable. On the plus side, there is CCTV on the site & you really could not force your way in easily so at least the site should not be abused too badly in the mean time.


    Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr


    Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr


    Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr


    Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr



    Round the back by the bins....


    Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr


    Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr


    Winter Gardens, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr

    The Empire Building
    History;
    Early in the twentieth century Great Yarmouth and nearby Gorleston were quite elegant resorts. Several of the old entertainment buildings are architecturally pleasing. Alongside the Empire are two small arcades, at right angles to the sea front, one bearing the date 1902, the other 1904.

    The Empire itself is architecturally imposing for a narrow-fronted cinéariety of such an early date. The terra cotta façe is framed by giant fluted and cabled, coupled Ionic columns rising from pedestals with tall blockings over; the centre is taller with a shallow, segmentally arched recess above the entrance, containing a triple-arched balcony. Cornice and blocking over. The brick flank walls are blind-arcaded.

    The auditorium has raked stalls and a single balcony and barrel-vaulted ceiling. The circle ends very close to the proscenium arch, and extends back towards the front of the building, occupying about two thirds of the length and forming an elongated horseshoe. The sides of the balcony will take a single line of seats - strangely these are not angled. It is clear that the high proscenium arch was originally flanked by Corinthian columns of which only the caps remain. There is a fly tower, with the grid and two fly rails still in position. Although now disused, this was once a fine auditorium with excellent plasterwork on the balcony fronts in the form of a series of cartouches supported by cherubs encircled with laurel wreaths. There are dressing rooms and a band room under the stage.

    Currently the Empire is avaliable to rent......£75,000 per annum.
    When I was looking around the site, the sides of the building are standard brickwork construction, with the front being a wonderful facade. Built up quite close to the Empire is a residential area, as I headed towards the back of the building on a sleepy sunday morning I was getting ready to take a few more shots when two
    black Land Rovers roared up & discharged a quantity of burly looking 'gentlemen.' Needless to say I headed back to the main road fairly sharpish.


    The Empire Building, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr


    The Empire Building, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr


    The Empire Building, Great Yarmouth by AdamJJ1, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking.

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    £6m? Isn't this what 'community service' is for. Free labour! Everything in this country costs too much.

    Slightly different, but my mum was campaigning for a new bus stop (a layby in the grass with a pole and a sign) but is was rejected, partly down to cost as they said it would have cost £25,000 to put in!!! FFS! Really?
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    Wow! Amazing looking places! Real shame you couldnt get inside.

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    It's really sad to see the Winter Gardens falling into decay. Had a few messy weekends in Yarmouth myself. Back in the "Second Summer of Love" in the late 80s, Winter Gardens was home to a few raves, including one where a mate of mine DJed alongside some of the big names at the time. Great days :)

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    Nicely done that mate, cheers :)
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    Ha I know these two rather well. The Empire is a lovely old girl. Around 1911 I believe... should have permission for a visit here very soon fingers crossed. Nice shots.
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    Yeah, 1911 is spot on.
    I googled about the empire a bit & a few sites had some shots from inside back from when it was in use. I'd like to see some shots if you do get inside. Thanks.

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    Nice looking buildings, lets hope they stay that way!! great report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darksider View Post
    Yeah, 1911 is spot on.
    I googled about the empire a bit & a few sites had some shots from inside back from when it was in use. I'd like to see some shots if you do get inside. Thanks.
    Your wish is my command darksider.
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    Seen many a film in the empire.The winter gardens used to be a lovely building,but Yarmouth council being as they are,they would much rather house,feed,cloth and look after the thousands of Eastern European scroungers that have arrived here,instead of saving Yarmouths heritage....sorry if that offends anyone but it is absolutely true....they spend thousands on 'transport' for these sorts to go to job interviews,even buying them bloody cars!!! Prioritising them on housing lists and giving out 'emergency' grants so they can buy themselves designer clothes and iphones.
    There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.

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