Southtown  Suffolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Southtown like this:

SOUTHTOWN, or Little Yarmouth, a hamlet in Little Gorleston parish, Suffolk; on the river Yare, opposite Great Yarmouth, and within Yarmouth borough. Real property, £9,386. Pop. in 1851, 1,412; in 1861, 1,714. Houses, 357. It was anciently a separate parish; was annexed, in 1861, to Great Yarmouth borough; and still ranks ecclesiastically as a rectory, annexed to Gorleston.

Although both the Imperial Gazetteer and Bartholomew have separate entries for Southtown and West Town, the name West Town has not been found on any maps, including a search of the Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 map of 1888 (, accessed 20 Sept 2011). Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk says 'SOUTHTOWN (or WEST TOWN or LITTLE YARMOUTH) is a hamlet of Gorleston parish and a pretty suburb of Great Yarmouth (Norfolk)' (1883, p. 1016;, accessed 20 Sept 2011).

Southtown through time

Southtown is now part of Great Yarmouth district. Click here for graphs and data of how Great Yarmouth has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Southtown itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Southtown, in Great Yarmouth and Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th April 2024

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