Martham’s History Starts Here
King's Arms. 1950'sKing's Arms. 2011St Mary the Virgin, c1904St Mary the Virgin, 2018Village Centre pond. c1930Village Centre pond. 2015Victoria Inn. c1905Victoria Inn, 2020The Green c1920The Green, 2018Oddfellows Hall, c1950Oddfellows Hall, 2018Norwich House, c1930Norwich House, 2018Repps Road & Methodist Chapel, c1910Repps Road & Methodist Chapel, 2021The Limes, Black Street. c1915The Limes, Black Street 2021Cocking & Co. c1915. (Mountfields)Cocking & Co. (Mountfields) 2017Clarence Villa, The Green. c1930Clarence Villa, 2020Back Lane pond. c1950Back Lane pond, 2019Alcock Store, Norwich House. c1930Norwich House. 2018Boat lets business on Village Green c1915The Green, east side 2020Barclays Bank, The Green, c1980Former Barclays Bank, The Green 2020Greenside, The Green. c1940Greenside, The Green. 2019Hope Cottage, The Green c1920Hope Cottage, The Green 2016Rose Farm, Cess Road. c1950Rose Farm, Cess. 2020.Francis' Cycles shop. c1940Royal China Chinese Take Away. 2015White House & Old Granary c1920White House 2021Ross Villas c1915Ross Villas 2021Village Centre c1920Village Centre 2021Porters Pit pond c1915Former Porters Pit site 2021Ivy Nichols Shop, Cess Road. c1950Former Ivy Nichols Shop, Cess Road. 2021.Cottages village centre c1915Village centre 2021The Hall, Hall Road c1915The Hall, Hall Road 2021Grimes Shoe ShopFormer Grimes Shoe Shop 2021Francis' Ace StoresFormer Francis' Ace Stores 2021East side of The Green c1911East side of The Green 2021Cricket on the Green c1915The Green 2021Church Hall c1920Former Church Hall 2021Bracey's Buildings c1920Bracey's Buildings 2021Black Street c1923Black Street 2021Black Street mud road c1920Black Street 2021Black Street looking south, c1910Black Street looking south. 2021.Black Street c1915Black Street 2021Former Church Street looking north. c1910.Black Street looking north 2021Hemsby Road c1920Hemsby Road 2021Village Green. Looking south.1930's.The Green looking south Aug 2021Rollesby Road-Repps Road corner garage 2012Rollesby Road - Repps Road corner 2021Village centre towards Black Street c1915Village centre towards Black Street 2021
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.
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.
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