Record number GP101
    Related record GP90 (similar meshes)
        Simple name gansey pattern
        Full name double diamonds & Betty Martin & vertical & indigenous
        Other name Alfred 'Mabby' Brown's double meshes and Betty Martin gansey
        Named collection  
        Classified name 4.151.721
            System SHIC
        Brief description Gansey pattern, Alfred 'Mabby' Brown's double meshes and Betty Martin gansey, Great Yarmouth, pre-1950
        Nature wearer
        Person fisherman : Brown, Alfred 'Mabby'
            Birth date 1950 (pre)
        Place & Great Yarmouth & Norfolk
        Activity fishing
        Date 1950
        Note May have lived in Great Yarmouth (inf. LOWSM, Stanley Earl)
        Method hand knitted
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        Date 1950 (pre)
        Technical data 11 spi (estimated)
        Simple name photograph
        Full name b/w photograph (print)
        Reference number LOWSM : 2000.341
        Note Probably taken on account of Alfred Brown and the crew of his Great Yarmouth drifter (name not known yet) winning the Prunier Trophy in 1950 (see called Tracking Down The Last of The Driftermen ( 10 pluc 2-50 p&p) it gives photos of the crews from 1936 to 1966. Cheques payable to the Port of Lowestoft Research Society
            Note3 online database
            Institution3 LOWMS
        Type digitised image
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        Result pattern chart
        Person charted by : Warren, Martin
        Person swatch knitted by :
        Reference number GP101_chart.pdf
        Type sampler
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        Link yarmouth.html
    Recorder Warren, Martin : 8.2.2023
    Documentation group  
        Reference Thompson, Gladys : 1979 : Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys and Arans : Dover Publications Inc. : : with contributions by Michael Harvey
        Reference Page, Peter, Earl, Stan and Dickson, Bob : 2019 (c) : Tracking Down the Last of the Driftermen : Port of Lowestoft Research Society : : 72 pp soft cover. ISBN 978-1-5272-5221-9
    Notes This pattern is unusual for Great Yarmouth (or Lowestoft), where there is a dearth of variety and creativity and where most local fishermen wore plain ganseys or purchased commercial ganseys from marine outfitters. The pattern comes from a small, cropped photo in a mount labelled ~A. Brown 1950~ and known to be Alfred Brown. A record of a crew list was found in the online database of the Royal Museums Greenwich ( includes an Alfred Brown, rank of fisherman, aged 34, sailing from Lowestoft in 1915 aboard the Beacon Star (built 1911, Official Number 132942). I believe this is the same man. So, he was one of the more senior crew at that time and born about 1881. Here (in the photograph) he is aged about 69. The gansey has a whiff of Scottish influence, being quite finely knitted, with a vertical pattern of two motifs (double meshes and Betty Martin), the yoke stopping half-way down. In this respect it is not unlike a Sheringham gansey (where there is also a Scottish influence amongst the indigenous knitters) but their columns tend to be more like one inch wide ABABA, whereas this is more like 2.3 inches wide. The motifs are the same as a recorded Sheringham gansey (GP90) except they are twice as wide - a broad column of Betty Martin and double column of meshes as opposed to single. It appears to be very dark wool.
    Notes Perhaps it was knitted by a Scottish Herring Lassie as there were plenty willing to do one for money. He would be able to afford the best quality gansey as apparently he became a skipper and won East Anglian fisheries highest accolade - the Prunier Trophy - in 1950, for the greatest landing of herring in any year at either Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft (a prize that was awarded from 1936 to -1966.
    Notes Estimate of size and tension: From what we can see there are alternating panels of Betty Martin and double meshes (or double diamonds). There appears to be space for up to 9 across the front and 9 at the back, with Betty Martin in the centre. If it was a 42-inch chest, the columns would be 2.3 inches wide, which is the same as the width of his mouth. From the photo, especially the Betty Martin, we can count 26 stitches per panel and the double meshes are about the same width, so 25 sts. 10 panels of Betty Martin x 26 sts = 260 sts. 8 panels of meshes x 25 sts = 200 sts. False seams = 4. 464 sts (116 ribs in the welt). The tension would be 11 spi, which is as fine as Sheringham ganseys. Is this a clue to its origin?