Zeppelins Over Norfolk

Part 5

A Tale of Two Towns

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The blue plaque on what was known as St Peter’s Villa in Great Yarmouth.

We have two claims in Norfolk as to which town received the first bombs when Zeppelins L3 and L4 attacked targets in Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and King’s Lynn. If you visit Great Yarmouth and Sheringham both lay claim to receiving the first bombs. So who is right? In this blog I will answer that question.

In reality, if you want to be really picky the first Zeppelin bomb, an incendiary, dropped by L3, landed in a field near Ormesby Church. But if we ignore that one and look at actual physical buildings being targeted then it is fairly simple to work out. And if we look at Ormesby we know that L3 was over that area at about 8.20 p.m. Five minutes later L3 was over Great Yarmouth and the first bomb to land, Bomb No 2, which was another incendiary, landed to the rear of Norwood Suffling’s house on Albermarle Road.

We also have reports from police officers who attended the scene of Bomb No 4 which was the high explosive bomb that landed on St Peter’s Plain. This is part of a report from Constable Charles Brown of Great Yarmouth Borough Police.

Constable Brown Report

So we can more or less put Zeppelin L3 over Great Yarmouth at 8.25 p.m. and know that at 8.30 p.m. Constable Brown has found the body of Sam Smith. At 8.35 p.m. it is all over for Great Yarmouth as L3 made its exit out to sea.

L4 was not over Sheringham until 8.35 p.m., when the first bomb to be dropped, another incendiary, landed on Wyndham Street. So L4’s bombs are falling when L3 is making its retreat.

Sheringham Sign

The blue plaque at the entrance to Wyndham Street in Sheringham which is incorrect.

So sadly the blue badge plaque at Sheringham is not correct and Great Yarmouth can lay claim to being the first town to receive Zeppelin bombs in WW1. In fact the plaque tries to state that it was the first bomb to land on Britain in WW1. When if you remember Part 1 of these blogs you will have read that the first bomb to fall on Britain actually fell on Dover in Kent.

I would very much like the Sheringham Preservation Society to contact me with their rationale and proof as to why they made this plaque and claim.

The final part of my blog on the Zeppelin raids will look at ghosts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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