Great Yarmouth Punk.

"Keep it light mate please, we're on us holidays, you see", laughed a tattooed man hurrying by with his family.

The White Hart, King's Lynn

I was very pleased to see that one of the great King’s Lynn pubs, The White Hart, has a new custodian. I say custodian because its establishment as a tavern in the 1200s predates the pub licensing system by around 400 years. The tenure of any landlord or authority is but a blink of an eye.

Situated directly opposite and contemporary to the town’s Minster, the White Hart has seen nearly a thousand years of priests and publicans. Latterly a rock music venue which became unviable like many businesses during the calamitous lockdowns, the popular opinion was that it would become housing. Fortunately a new landlord has taken it on and added accommodation on the upper floor.

My picture was taken on the last day of trading under the previous landlord.

Three Great Yarmouth Street Entertainers

Elton Wrong

Puppet Man

Paul Russell

Halloween on Wisbech Rd, King's Lynn.

Three Patriotic Scooters

A customised scooter illustrating a scene from Shakespeare's Henry 5th.

A scooter detailed with an image of Nigel Farage, then leader of UKIP.

A scooter commemorating the experiences of the owner's Grandfather in the Far East during World War 2.

Five Norfolk Markets.

Market trader's boy. Hunstanton.

Carpet Dave, Swaffham

Gary's Pie & Peas stall, Great Yarmouth.

Fruit & Veg stall, Sheringham.

Ruby's Tea Bar, Norwich.

Four Lonesome Caravans.

Field workers accommodation, South Lincolnshire.

Election campaign caravan, Huntingdonshire.

Blackpool Beach, Lancs.

On the A1, North Yorkshire.

Four amateur tattoos

Four motorcycle clubs.

The Christian Motorcyclists Association, The Outlaws MC, Hells Angels (England), East Coast Harley Club.

A dog's breakfast.

A makeshift table in a pigsty by the side of the A47 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. The sty was formerly the home of two Latvian women who had come to Britain with promises of legitimate employment, but found themselves unemployed and unable to make ends meet. Believing they were not entitled to any state benefits they took up residence in the abandoned farm building, surviving on dog food. In the picture empty cans can be seen along with a hairbrush and a broken mirror which they used to maintain their appearance. Eventually the town council paid for them to be repatriated to their home country.

Four Norfolk Carnival Queens.

Northwold, Cromer, Attleborough, Wells Next The Sea

May Queen of Northwold, Tegan Wellard

Queen of Cromer, Jade Armstrong

Rose Queen of Attleborough, Ashlee Mead

Wells next the Sea Carnival Queen Maddie Yarham

Four Norfolk Summer Fetes.

Duck racing at West Acre.
Palm reading at Swafield Hall.
Burnham Market fancy dress competition
Beachamwell coconut shy.

Cheating The Parson: Farming & Fascism in 1930's Norfolk

Fading graffiti showing the remains of the lightning flash insignia of the British Union of Fascists daubed on the walls of buildings in North Norfolk, UK. The first in Stiffkey displays the emblem of the movement, and the second in Aylsham reads Stand By The King, perhaps referring to the abdication crisis of 1936 .

Whoever made the marks, some 20 miles apart did so in bitumen, and intentionally or otherwise ensured they would survive the battering the wind coming off the North Sea gives to brick buildings in the county for the best part of a century.

British Union of Fascism symbol in Stiffkey. - - Click for an enlarged view.
British Union of Fascism graffiti in Aylsham - Click for an enlarged view.

The British Union of Fascists enjoyed some popularity as an insurgent political party in rural East Anglia during the 1930s as it opposed a forgotten, but despised tax known as Queen Anne’s Bounty, an 18th Century law laid upon a farmer's harvest by the Church of England, in addition to any taxes the farm might have to pay to the state.

Not surprisingly, this tithe-tax was very unpopular especially in the 1930s when the effects of a long economic depression had made agriculture a difficult business and the impact of the combustion engine on commercial agriculture had reduced the requirement for labour, leading to unemployment and with it a disaffection for mainstream politics.

A contemporary rhyme captured the feeling -

We’ve cheated the parson

We’ll cheat him again

For why should a blockhead

Have one in ten

For prating so long like a book-learned sot

Till pudding and pumpling burn to pot?

As times got harder and more farmers refused to pay the tithe the church commissioners began send bailiffs to enforce the debt, removing livestock or farm machinery. BUF members, the Blackshirts led by Oswald Mosley decided this offended against natural justice and formed squads that could be called up to defend, by force if necessary, the farmer’s property. These events became known as the Tithe Wars, the most famous of which was The Siege of Wortham Manor, when the Blackshirts and farm workers held off the church bailiffs for 19 days at Doreen Wallace’s farm in Suffolk.

For some years before World War 2 and the BUF's alliance with Germany, Mosley was a popular figure on the British political scene, admired by mainstream figures like Aneurin Bevan for his progressive policies towards equality and welfare which included the ending of the common practise of allowing employers to sack women in their employ when they got married.

The above images have been retouched for clarity, the ones below are as the graffiti appears today.

British Union of Fascism graffiti in Aylsham - Click for an enlarged view.
British Union of Fascism symbol in Stiffkey. - Click for an enlarged view.


The Spalding Lithuanian Society

Members of the Spalding Lithuanian Society enjoying a picnic amongst the colours of their national flag in Spalding, Lincolnshire. The society exists to promote the culture and welfare of their people who were given the right to live & work in the UK as part of the 2003 Treaty of Accession. Lithuania's links with the UK go back a long way with significant numbers emigrating to work in mines of Lanarkshire in Scotland during the latter part of the 19th Century. Today there are about 150,000 Lithuanians in the UK with around 1900 in South Lincolnshire. Both countries also revere St George as a saint.

Leaving the Parade

Of course, the judges had a very difficult job and not everyone can be a winner"

The Spalding Flower Parade 2023,Lincolnshire,UK.

There goes the future

Graffiti on the Conington Barn by the A14 on the hinterlands of Cambridge. Once an informal landmark for commuters travelling the 'road of death' to the Midlands, the building and field were demolished to accommodate traffic.

Graffiti On the A14, Cambridgeshire.

Polythene fields forever

A 'walking factory' slowly moves between the rows whilst harvesting iceberg lettuces at Marham, Norfolk,UK. Agricultural workers pick the crop which is protected from the Spring frosts by miles of polythene sheet. The lettuce is then trimmed, washed, packaged and loaded onto a trailer (right) for delivery directly to supermarkets, where it sells for around 70p, giving the farmer around a penny in profit for each one sold.̶

A waling harvester rig picking iceberg lettuces in fields covered with polythene, near Marham,UK.

Out with the new, in with the old.

Winston Churchill's portrait regains it place on the wall at King's Lynn Conservative Club as Boris Johnson's is removed.

After his resignation Boris Johnson's portrait is replaced by Winston Churchill's at the Conservative club, King's Lynn, Norfolk,UK

Eagle's Bird Auction

Auctioneer Mr Eagle offering up birds for sale at Swaffham poultry auction, Norfolk,UK.

Mr Eagle selling turkeys at Swaffham bird auction, Norfolk,UK

Inspection Day

Residents of Trinity Hospital Almshouses assemble for their annual inspection before the Clerk to the Trustees to give thanks to the their founder, Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton, who built the property in Castle Rising, Norfolk between 1609 -1614 as a memorial to his grandfather Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The almshouses have offered permanent accommodation to 'destitute spinsters and widows of the parish' since then, provided the applicants 'are religious, grave, discreet and no beggar, harlot, scold drunkard or haunter of taverns”. More information is here on the Castle Rising History Group website.

Founders Day - Trinity House Hospital Founder's Day inspection of residents, Trinity House Hospital, Norfolk,UK.