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Municipal School of Art

County Norfolk   District Council Great Yarmouth Borough Council 
Civil Parish or equivalent Great Yarmouth  Town/Village* Great Yarmouth 
Road Nelson Road Central 
Precise Location Nelson Road Central 
OS Grid Ref AZ 169 D3  Postcode NR30 
Previous location(s)  
Setting On Building  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
J.W.Cockrill  Architect(s)   

Commissioned by


Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling



Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Terracotta decoration of finials and Coat of arms

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Coat of arms flanked by swags  Terracotta  H. 2 metres W. 1 metre 
Decoration of main piers  Terracotta  H. 1.5 metrw W W metre 
Tiles over entrance, covered in white paint  Glazed faience  H& W 44o cms 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


Great Yarmouth Borough Council 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other
Detail: The 2010-2011 restoration revealed the faience tiles above the entrance, previously covered in a peeling coat of white paint.


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage
Detail: On building but not the sculpture which is too high

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate
Inscriptions 1912 in cartouche above coat-of arms. 'Municipal School of Art' above doorway. Yarmouth coat of arms repeated in glass roundel in semi-circular window. 

Description (physical)

Yarmouth's coat-of-arms, lions quartered with fish are displayed at the top of the building while the stone piers are decorated with terracotta finials, with wreaths and twin mini domes. The large space above the main entrance was decorated with faience tiles which in 2006 could just be made out under the flaking paint. The derelict building was restored by Oxbury & Co during late 2010 - 2011. It was turned into thirteen one bedroom flats and the tile decoration with its contrasting border was revealed. The original Crittall windows were successfully replaced with full height, double-glazed, aluminium ones. 

Description (iconographical)

The Borough's coat-of arms, quartering the heads of the royal lions with fishes's tails was granted by Edward III in 1340 (Information from Great yarmouth tourist Office) 


Date taken:  27/6/2012
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  5/4/2006

Inspected by:
Richard Cocke

Sources and References

Pevsner, N. and Wilson B., Buildings of England. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, New Haven and London, 1997, 504; http//,_Great_Yarmouth.html accessed 27/06/2012 


Date entered:  27/6/2012

Data inputter:
Richard Cocke