In 1959 a book written by A.A.C. Hedges was produced for the Great Yarmouth Corporation on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the town by King John in 1209. It was a summary survey of the history of the town from its initiation as an European community of fisherfolk camped on a newly formed sandbank at the mouth of the River Yare, to the end of the 1950s when the decline of Yarmouth’s fishing industry was clearly underway.

The book was published by Great Yarmouth Corporation in 1959 and made available as a school/community heritage resource by Yarmouth Planning Department to be distributed in digital format to support the Following Fish community education project.

It is an ideal introduction to the establishment of large-scale sea fisheries by communities bordering the North Sea.


In the Beginning
The Body Politic
Free Fair in Herring
The Rise and Fall of the Herring Industry
The Seven Havens
Walls, Towers and Rows
Churches and Sects
The Tolhouse and its Prison Visitor
Other Ancient Buildings
People and Places
Three Golden Miles
Selected Bibliography