School children’s artwork decorates panels as school railing repair work begins

20 September 2021

As part of Great Yarmouth’s £2.3m Heritage Action Zone Scheme, work has begun on repairing the railings surrounding St Nicholas School in Great Yarmouth.

The wrought iron posts, gates and railings, which face the Market Place, have deteriorated over time and whilst most can be repaired, some of the ironwork will need to be re-made completely. The concrete platform will also be replaced by red brick, to match the school building.

The repair work is jointly funded by Historic England and the diocese.

Artwork from each of the school’s year groups is displayed on a series of panels around the school entrance, with a theme of Great Yarmouth’s heritage. The panels show the talent and creativity of the St Nicholas students and their pride in their hometown.

Paul Dunning, Director of Education for the diocese said: “The Diocese of Norwich has been delighted to work with St. Nicholas Priory VA primary school and other partners to support the High Street Heritage Action Zone.

“We have provided 50% of the funding needed to transform the old railings around the school and have employed a local blacksmith to handcraft the new railings using traditional methods. We look forward to seeing the impact of all the heritage work going on as part of celebrating all that is good about Great Yarmouth.”

Cllr Carl Smith, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “Installation of the amazing panels of artwork is an exciting project milestone and it will really grab people’s imaginations, celebrating our rich heritage as the works to the railings begins to take shape behind it.”



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