Elmside House, White Street, Martham -demolished 1990

The Yarmouth Mercury (26 January 2009) described Elmside House in Martham as, 


"ONE of the last splendid examples of 19th-century Broadland brickwork is to be demolished so 11 houses can be built on the site."

Elmside House in Martham was one of the few remaining houses made from red Martham brick from one of our many local brickworks.  During the 19th-century, the bricks, known as Norfolk reds, were used to build dozens of homes in Martham.  They were also transported from brickworks in the village by wherry to Yarmouth to be extensively used in construction.  This is an early photo of the hoouse in its heyday.

Although there was a campaign

to save the house - a listed

building in a conservation zone -

Norwich-based developer

Gladedale (Anglia) was allowed

to demolish the building and

build 11 cottage-style homes, in

a decision given by a 

government planning inspector.



Elmside House is one of the last examples of Martham brick, built by yeoman farmer William Johnson in the erly nineteenth century.

Local historian Ann Meakin said, “It is a real shame that a nice example of a yeomen house made from individual Martham brick will no longer be enjoyed.”'

There is an entry for Elmside

House in the

Norfolk Heritage Explorer but

this gives the location as the

corner of Bell Meadow and

White Street, whereas the

house was on the opposite side

of White Street: 

An example of 19th century

Broadland brickwork. Built by

yeoman William Johnson in

red Martham brick. Due to be

demolished to make way for

11 cottage-style homes.
H. White (NLA),

5 February 2009

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