18th Century Houses, South Quay, Great Yarmouth

18th Century Houses, South Quay, Great Yarmouth

These fine eighteenth-century houses lining the quay are a testament to Great Yarmouth's former status as one of the wealthiest towns in England. The Norfolk port was once the site of a prosperous herring fishery; in the late nineteenth century, however, the fishing industry gave way to tourism as the town's main source of income. Mona Moore, a noted illustrator in the 1930s and 1940s, contributed eight watercolours of Norfolk to the Recording Britain project. They were singled out for praise at an exhibition of the Queen's Pictures at the National Gallery in 1942, one critic praising their 'lyric atmosphere that is almost a substitute for a holiday in Norwich'.