History of Martham, Norfolk

Martham’s History Starts Here

King's Arms. 1950's
King's Arms. 2011
St Mary the Virgin, c1904
St Mary the Virgin, present
Village Centre pond. c1930
Village Centre pond. 2015
Victoria Inn. c1905
Victoria Inn present
The Green c1920
The Green, present
Oddfellows Hall, c1950
Oddfellows Hall, present
Norwich House, c1930
Norwich House, present
Repps Road & Methodist Chapel, c1910
Repps Road & Methodist Chapel, present
The Limes, Black Street. c1915
Cocking & Co. c1915.  (Mountfields)
Cocking & Co. (Mountfields) present
Clarence Villa, The Green. c1930
Clarence Villa, present
Back Lane pond. c1950
Back Lane pond, present
Alcock Store, Norwich House. c1930
Norwich House. 2018
Boat lets business on Village Green c1915
The Green, east side 2020
Barclays Bank, The Green, c1980
Former Barclays Bank, The Green 2020
Greenside, The Green. c1940
Greenside, The Green. 2019
Hope Cottage, The Green c1920
Hope Cottage, The Green 2016
Rose Farm, Cess Road. c1950
Rose Farm, Cess. 2020.
Francis Cycles shop. c1940
Royal China Chinese Take Away. 2015
Black Street c1923
Black Street 2021
Black Street mud road c1920
Black Street 2021
Black Street looking south, c1910
Black Street looking south
Black Street c1915
Black Street 2021
King's Arms. 1950's
King's Arms. 2011
St Mary the Virgin, c1904
St Mary the Virgin, 2018
Village Centre pond. c1930
Village Centre pond. 2015
Victoria Inn. c1905
Victoria Inn, 2020
The Green c1920
The Green, 2018
Oddfellows Hall, c1950
Oddfellows Hall, 2018
Norwich House, c1930
Norwich House, 2018
Repps Road & Methodist Chapel, c1910
Repps Road & Methodist Chapel, 2021
The Limes, Black Street. c1915
The Limes, Black Street 2021
Cocking & Co. c1915. (Mountfields)
Cocking & Co. (Mountfields) 2017
Clarence Villa, The Green. c1930
Clarence Villa, 2020
Back Lane pond. c1950
Back Lane pond, 2019
Alcock Store, Norwich House. c1930
Norwich House. 2018
Boat lets business on Village Green c1915
The Green, east side 2020
Barclays Bank, The Green, c1980
Former Barclays Bank, The Green 2020
Greenside, The Green. c1940
Greenside, The Green. 2019
Hope Cottage, The Green c1920
Hope Cottage, The Green 2016
Rose Farm, Cess Road. c1950
Rose Farm, Cess. 2020.
Francis' Cycles shop. c1940
Royal China Chinese Take Away. 2015
White House & Old Granary c1920
White House 2021
Ross Villas c1915
Ross Villas 2021
Village Centre c1920
Village Centre 2021
Porters Pit pond c1915
Former Porters Pit site 2021
Ivy Nichols Shop, Cess Road. c1950
Former Ivy Nichols Shop, Cess Road. 2021.
Cottages village centre c1915
Village centre 2021
The Hall, Hall Road c1915
The Hall, Hall Road 2021
Grimes Shoe Shop
Former Grimes Shoe Shop 2021
Francis' Ace Stores
Former Francis' Ace Stores 2021
East side of The Green c1911
East side of The Green 2021
Cricket on the Green c1915
The Green 2021
Church Hall c1920
Former Church Hall 2021
Bracey's Buildings c1920
Bracey's Buildings 2021
Black Street c1923
Black Street 2021
Black Street mud road c1920
Black Street 2021
Black Street looking south, c1910
Black Street looking south. 2021.
Black Street c1915
Black Street 2021
Former Church Street looking north. c1910.
Black Street looking north 2021
Hemsby Road c1920
Hemsby Road 2021
Village Green. Looking south.1930's.
The Green looking south Aug 2021
Rollesby Road-Repps Road corner garage 2012
Rollesby Road - Repps Road corner 2021
Village centre towards Black Street c1915
Village centre towards Black Street 2021
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The above photographs show past and present images of the same view.

Martham is said to derive from Saxon times but recent historical finds have provided evidence that it certainly goes back to Roman and even earlier times. The village has a magnificent medieval church dating to the 14th century, a large village green and several Georgian houses. The River Thurne flows around the northern edge of the village and connects to the Norfolk Broads including Martham Broad which is run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The whole area is dotted with footpaths and is a haven for nature lovers, ramblers and water enthusiasts.

Martham is a charming village within the Norfolk Broads located nine miles to the north of Great Yarmouth and four miles from the east coast at Winterton. The village has an array of amenities including shops, pubs, play and leisure facilities and a well-used library, St Mary the Virgin Church of England, a Baptist Church and a Methodist Church plus schools for all ages. Martham has a real community vibe with villagers and visitors feeling part of the what has always been known as a very friendly village – population about 3,800 and growing fast. It hosts a number of popular annual events including a spring Scarecrow Festival and summer Carnival.

Next Steps…

The menu on the right is a good place to start with general headings. Why not wander through some of them, or go to ‘Index’ which provides an alphabetical list of the non-specific content of this site with links to pages of information. Alternatively click on ‘Chronology’ which gives you a list of events by date with lots of links to dozens of pages of historical information. Then again you could browse through more than 3,800 images, easily arranged in ‘Albums’. Enjoy!

Another way to explore the village (and this website) is to select ‘Guided Informal Walks’ from the main menu on the right. There you will find three suggested short strolls around the village centre based on maps with markers to points of interest along the route.

PS. This website is complimented by my “one village” family tree called “MarthamNorfolk2” which can be viewed via Ancestry.

I circulate information, by email, on what I have added to this site at the end of each month. If you would like me to include you in my circulation list please send me your email address at ‘marthamnorfolk@btinternet.com’ so I can add you to my list. You can cancel at anytime by letting me know (no reason needed).