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
House is one of the last examples of Martham brick,
built by yeoman farmer William Johnson in the early
Local historian Ann Meakin
said, “It is a real shame that a nice example of
a yeoman 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
Built by yeoman farmer William
Johnson in red Martham brick.
Due to be
demolished to make way for 11
H. White (NLA),
5 February 2009.