60 Years Since Reconsecration of the Minster


To mark 60 years since Reconsecration, a feature-length documentary charting the history of Great Yarmouth Minster has been produced; and is now available on DVD

The film, a collaboration between Tom Harrison, his son, Richard, friend Jack Spence, and Rev Simon Ward (who provides the narration), tells the story of how St Nicholas church was built and enlarged, how it was host to visitors including Admiral Lord Nelson;  and even how it was the venue for body snatching! The frequent restoration done over the years is highlighted, together with some of the fascinating stories behind the inhabitants of the churchyards
The interior of the building was gutted by the Germans in World War Two, and the documentary features interviews with some of the townsfolk who lived through the war and saw the church ablaze on that fateful night in June 1942. After hearing memories from those who remember playing in the ruined building and who were involved in the transition from the acting Parish Church of St. Peter's, the focus turns to the rebuilding. Led by the dynamic Rev Gilbert Thurlow, this became the largest war-damage rebuilding of any Parish Church in the whole country- and culminated in the magnificent building we see today. Finally, the story is brought up to date with reflections on the significance of the building for the town
The 90 minute film, which has extra bonus features including more churchyard tales and a photo gallery set to music performed in the church, is available on DVD now, priced at £10. “The aim is to raise some money for the building” says Richard Harrison,” but I also hope that it shows people what a jewel we have in our wonderful town; the Minster not only has a fascinating history, but is also incredibly beautiful”


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