This series draws on events, places and people to provide a compact account of one aspect of East Anglian history.
The Zeppelin Raid on Yarmouth
On 19th January 1915 the first air raid over Britain took place when three Zeppelin airships made their way towards the east coast. One turned back due to engine trouble, the other two, bound for Humberside, changed their plans due to bad weather. Instead they set their sights on the small ports of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn. It was L-3 that struck first dropping bombs and incendiaries on Yarmouth. The result was the first civilian casualties from an air raid in history.
Originally published as the first chapter in his book, Sedgeford Aerodrome and the aerial conflict over North West Norfolk during the First World War, this pamphlet tells the story of that fateful night in world history.
Gary Rossin ISBN 9781909796560 £2.95
The Yarmouth Bodysnatchers
Competition among the London grave-robbing gangs was fierce during the early 19th century. As the demand for bodies increased, so the risks in obtaining them grew. As a result, professional body snatchers moved into the countryside where their activities were less likely to be detected. In 1827, they were to be discovered robbing Great Yarmouth’s graveyard. What made it more unacceptable was the involvement of Sir Astley Cooper, the eminent surgeon, who had been brought up at the vicarage in his youth.
The first of our new pamphlet series, looking at individual aspects of East Anglian history, explores this grizzly event in Yarmouth’s past.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 978-1-909796-52-2 £1.95