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Thursday, September 20, 2012
The doors of a historic chapel were opened for the first time in decades thanks to a group of passionate history enthusiasts.
As part of a programme of free tours and drop in events held in the borough of Great Yarmouth during Heritage Open Days weekend - Thursday to Sunday, September 6 to 9 - the chapel and morgue in Gorleston Old Cemetery, on Magdalen Way and Crab Lane, was open for two days for people to get a taste of the Gothic.
The Gothic revival style chapel contains original pews, lectern and coffin beir. It was built in 1889 by Gorleston man JW Cockrill, from knapped flint with terracotta quoins and detailing.
A group from Gorleston-on-Sea Heritage Group (GOSH) worked to clean it and fix it up in time to be opened for Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8.
The building, along with many others open as part of the Heritage Open Days, is not available to the general public, and it is only the work of volunteers from groups such as GOSH that make these rare opportunities to explore such visions of the past possible.
GOSH guides Fred Riley, Julie Grint and Paul Williams were on hand to answer any questions, and a private collection of rare Gorleston crest pottery was also on display.
For more information about GOSH visit www.gosh.gorlestonhistory.org.uk