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The AHF appreciates that neglected buildings which are all too familiar in our towns, cities and countryside can, with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm, be rescued to become assets for their communities by people wanting to make a difference. The AHF has helped hundreds of organisations throughout the UK to do exactly that.

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Once upon a time...... Great Yarmouth's North West Tower

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

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You might think of Rapunzel letting down her hair when you see this flint and brick tower, it’s straight from a fairy tale. But it’s no fantasy that Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is pursuing, the Trust has been offered an Architectural Heritage Fund grant towards development work to restore the tower. The North West Tower is part of Great Yarmouth's scheduled medieaval town wall, constructed between C13 and C14. The town wall has 11 towers along its length, a defensive "flinty ring of steel". The North West Tower lies at the most northerly point, next to the River Yare and has been vacant since 2004.

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is planning to fully restore the Tower and convert it to holiday accommodation. The Preservation Trust has already undertaken a similar project with the South East Tower, where you can already sample the high life by booking it for a stay.

Funding for this project has been generously supported through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘Community Enterprise through Heritage’ programme.   

Editor's note:

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976, to promote the conservation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in areas of deprivation.  It is the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

For further information contact: Lucie Oakley, Support Officer: 0300 121 0752