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January 18, 2016, 21:23


Old Lowestoft

This site is provided to showcase, mainly for reference purposes, some of the various ephemeral items that have passed through the hands of Lowestoft bookseller G. A. Michael Sims and also to record some of his research into aspects of the history of Lowestoft. Sometimes a few of the ephemeral items may still be for sale.

Most ephemera is uncommon but not particularly valuable. Only one person can purchase each example that we come across but many can refer to or examine them if we place a copies online. Not all lend themselves to this but those that do can then be appreciated by far more people than simply the one purchaser.

Many will be satisfied just to be able to access these details but fortunately for us there will still be those who want to possess the original source, with which we can sympathise and for which we are very grateful! There is nothing quite like having the original document(s) to examine.

As well as the ephemera some other items of local history interest will be parked here as a not illogical place to put them.

This site is dynamic. As more items are prepared for online display so the divisions and/or categories are likely to change. Apologies are offered for this but it might encourage you to recheck the site from time to time!

There is also the site search facility in the banner, not comprehensive but better than nothing.



Latest additions

A young Lowestoft man's 21st birthday dinner in 1913 Cambridge is described.

A comparative image of old Pakefield from the Jolly Sailors end of Pakefield Street shows many of the houses now lost to the sea.

Topical WW1 items of interest include the bombardment of Lowestoft in 1916. You can find the full narrative at 1916 German bombardment of Lowestoft.

Some more images have also recently been added to the WW1 section as have some photographs of the wreckage of the Theberton Zeppelin.



Recent additions

The discovery of a copy of the souvenir programme for the dedication of the Lowestoft War Memorial in August 1921 has led to the placing online of all the names of those Lowestoft men listed who fell in WW1.

In the 'between the wars' section a selection of photographs of the houses lost to the sea at Pakefield.

A graphic account of how VC winner Tom Crisp won his Distinguished Service Cross in 1917

Other recent additions include a 1954 brochure for the Hotel Victoria and the programme for the 1951 Freedom of the Borough ceremony for Benjamin Britten have been added to post WW2.

WW2 Letters from Lowestoft

A collection of letters from Lowestoft, sent by resident A J Turner to his son J P Turner, of local news during WW2 which is linked directly from the WW2 link. AJT was one of the original members of the management team of the Kitchener which is described in the 'background to AJT' on that site.

Floods 1912 Directory

Find the Floods Directory of Lowestoft Fishing Vessels as at 1912 in the pre 1914 section.

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