Fishermen's Almshouses, Great Yarmouth

Fishermen's Almshouses, Great Yarmouth

Even in the prosperous fishing town of Great Yarmouth, fishermen often fell on hard times. These almshouses were built in 1702 as a home for 'decayed' fishermen and continued to function as such until the late nineteenth century. The statue of Charity standing before the gate underlines the nature of the buildings. This is one of eight watercolours Mona Moore made of Norfolk scenes for the Recording Britain project. When they were exhibited at the National Gallery in 1942 in the exhibition 'The Queen's Pictures at the National Gallery', they were singled out for praise in the 'News Chronicle', whose reviewer wrote, 'Miss Mona Moore's East Anglian paintings have a lyric atmosphere that is almost a substitute for a holiday in Norwich'.