Great Yarmouth New Mount

Has been described as a Certain Artillery Fort

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameGreat Yarmouth New Mount
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishGreat Yarmouth

The Mount was erected in 1569 as a defence against the Spanish Armada (sic). As originally designed and built, it was an earth platform 200ft long and 50ft high, and built against the inner town wall. The weight of wall caused the wall to collapse into the moat, so the wall was repaired and the Mount extended 30ft beyond the wall. It was built in three tiers and appears to have mounted 10 guns. In 1588, Sir Thomas Leighton surveyed the town defences and found the Mount to be wanting, it forming a bank which could be easily scaled. It was modified as a large brick bastion with a scarp 15ft high and with recessed flanks, most of which still survives, having been buried under the foundations of the general Hospital. The mount behind was modified to form a cavalier overlooking the bastion and adjoining walls. The mount within the walls was levelled in 1714 and St. Georges Chapel was built. The north wall and the east angle of this structure still survives as the boundary wall of the former Great Yarmouth Hospital yard (hospital now demolished). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

There seems to be some confusion in some records between the New Mount and the South Mount.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTG526073
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  • Kent, Peter, 1994, 'Armada and 17th-Century Defences' in Wade-Martins, P, (ed), An Historical Atlas of Norfolk (2edn Norwich; Norfolk Museums) p. 136-7
  • Kent, Peter, 1988, Fortifications of East Anglia (Lavenham: Ternence Dalton)
  • Blomefield, F., 1810, 'East Flegg Hundred: Great Yarmouth' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 11 p. 352-64 (history) online transcription



  • 1942, Norfolk Archaeology Vol. 28 p. 1-
  • Palmer, C.J., 1864, 'The Town Wall of Great Yarmouth' Norfolk Archaeology Vol. 6 p. 107-8, 115-6 online copy