Gorleston

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Gorleston-On-Sea, also known colloquially as Gorleston, is a settlement in Norfolk in the United Kingdom, forming part of the larger town of Great Yarmouth. Situated at the mouth of the River Yare it was a port town at the time of the Domesday Book. The port then became a centre of fishing for herring along with salt-pans used for the production of salt to preserve the fish. In Edwardian times the fishing industry rapidly declined and its role changed to that of a seaside resort.y

Historically the town was in the county of Suffolk. In the Middle Ages it had two manors, and a small manor called Bacons. In 1832, it became apart of Great Yarmouth for electoral purposes. Finally in 1835 it merged with the town and became part of Great Yarmouth in the county of Norfolk. There used to be two railway stations. Both were on the coastal line which joined Great Yarmouth with Lowestoft – Gorleston-on-Sea closed in 1970 whilst its neighbour, Gorleston North closed in 1942.

It is a seaside resort and tourist destination. Its main attraction is its sandy “Edwardian Beach.” It has traditional seaside gardens and model boat pond. It also has a theatre opposite the pier called The Pavilion. The Main shopping centre is on the High Street. It has its own golf club. There is also the hospital and a library. The nearest railway station remaining open is the Great Yarmouth Station. There is a lighthouse, lifeboat station and coastwatch station on Riverside Road.

In the great storm of 1987, Gorleston experienced the highest wind speed recorded in the UK. 122mph.

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