17th October 2012
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Caister Castle Motor Museum
Roy Workman discovered an interesting collection of old automobiles in the East, and then got told off for taking photographs...
This museum is situated in the grounds surrounding Caister Castle, which is fairly close to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. The castle was built in 1432 and it is one of the earliest brick buildings in England. Most of the castle is in ruins; however there is a 90-foot tower still intact, and visitors can climb to the top for a great view of the castle remains and the surrounding area.
The motor museum itself is housed in a purpose-built exhibition centre, which is quite new. The display is very well laid out. I was just taking a photograph of a 1946 Belgian Socovel electric motorcycle when one of the assistants explained that the taking of photos inside the museum was not allowed (I had missed the sign telling me of this!). The Socovel was the first motorcycle that I saw in the collection; it had girder forks, drum brakes and a large tin box where the engine would be containing the batteries. The cars and motorcycles on show were intermingled. The display of classic cars was excellent. Drifting past some of these I found three 1970s motorcycles.
Moving further around the hall I came across a section of 30 or so motorcycles in one group. Now I was getting even more interested. They have a 1896 Leon Bollee on display; also a 1903 Minerva, ranging up to a 1990s Harley-Davidson. Most of the well-known makes were represented there. Triumphs, Matchless, BSAs, a 1954 Francis-Barnett and a 1975 CZ completed the group.
Outside of the museum exhibition centre there are the castle grounds to wander around, and there is also a picnic area and a tea room with refreshments. Whilst wandering around the grounds, I spotted a tram, a steam railway engine and a 1913 open-top bus. From what I was told the bus could be moved into the exhibition hall during the winter months.
The museum is open from the middle of May until the end of September daily except for Saturdays, from 10am to 4.30pm. This is a really nice display of vehicles and it is well worth a visit. It is probably the largest privately-owned motor museum open to the public in the UK.
See www.caistercastle.co.uk or phone 01572 787649.
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