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St Luke, Cobholm, Great Yarmouth
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Cobholm, Great Yarmouth
And then, it lost another 3,500 houses on the night of 31st January 1953, when the great North Sea came raging up the river mouth. Most of these were in the lowlying Southtown and Cobholm areas. Remarkably, only ten people were killed that night, a fraction of those who lost their lives further south in Felixstowe, Jaywick and Canvey Island. Perhaps the people of Cobholm and Southtown were simply more used to adversity.
The 1908 church which was lost was a fine half-timbered structure very much in the Edwardian style. It had a large square bell turret, and small transepts to the chancel, which presumably contained the organ and the vestry. To see what it looked like, there is a photograph hanging inside the church. Or, alternatively, cross over the river to St Paul in Newtown, which was built ten years earlier and was almost identical before the addition of the south aisle. The architects there were Bottle & Olley, so they probably were here as well. The rebuilt church of 1960 was completely in brick, with an identical bell turret but without the transepts. The overall plan is very similar, but the style is very functional, more like a hall than the pretty little church which stood here before.
Simon Knott, December 2010
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