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The Giants of Gorleston

Did you Gorleston-On-Sea the size of those East Anglian giants?

Many interesting discoveries have been made at different periods amidst the ruins of this fallen pile. In 1806, a very ancient stone coffin was dug up in the priory close, which, from its extraordinary size and costliness, excited much attention at the time. Its length was seven feet six inches, and its width at the shoulders two feet.

It bore no inscription, but a very beautiful and highly-wrought cross was deposited on the lid. In the same year was discovered in the convent-garden, another very ancient stone coffin, somewhat smaller than the first, with a Calvary cross sculptured on the cover.

Fragments of a like sepulchral character, and human skeletons in vast profusion, have likewise been laid bare in the immediate vicinity of the ruins at subsequent periods.21
Gorleston: The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk Volume 1 (Page 371) | Alfred Suckling

21W. E. Randall. caveat.

Gorleston Priory of Augustines giants skeletons

These were found in the historic old grounds of the Gorleston Priory (Priory of Augustines? Austin Friars of South Town? The Priory of Austin Friars, or Friars Eremites?), England. Of which only a few scattered sections of flint walls remains, as well as some road names including the awesome Burnt Lane seemingly named after Gorleston’s Priory kitchen burned down.

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Gigantic Gorleston

Giant skeletons of people and monumental coffins buried in St Andrews the local Parish Church, or as the locals would say, thats ‘oooge! (huge)

When the church was re-pewed, in 1845, on the removal of the lid of a stone coffin, near the north-east pillar, a skeleton of very unusual size was discovered. The coffin-lid was six inches thick, on which a brass cross, five feet nine inches in length, had been inlaid.

This ancient stone was broken by the masons into six pieces, though quite entire when first discovered. Many other sepulchral memorials of a like character were also then destroyed
The Perlustration of Great Yarmouth, with Gorleston and Southtown, Volume 3 (Page 306) | Charles John Palmer

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The land of giantism and its possible Ġgantija Gorleston megalithic standing stone circle?

Huge Gorleston St Andrews Church

Robert Hales was an England giant

Robert Hales was the Norfolk giant in Victorian times. He married a lady with gigantism from Ireland called Eliza Simpson.

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Born in West Somerton close to Great Yarmouth in 1820. Robert was the sixth of nine children born to William Hales and Elizabeth Dyble, both said to be over six feet in height at a time when the average height in Britain was just 5ft 5. He had five sisters with an average height of 6ft3 and two of whom, Mary and Anne, were either just under or just over seven feet tall. His three brothers were around 6ft 5 tall, but Robert would be the largest member of the large family.

When he reached the grand old age of 17 and the grand old height of 7ft 6 he had to be paid off: he was too tall to fit below the deck, there was no room for a giant. But with his towering stature and imposing vital statistics – his weight was 33 stone, his chest was 64 inches, his waist 62 inches and his thighs 34 inches.

He was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, the Prince of Wales, five of the Royal children, the Duke of Wellington and several distinguished nobles. A report at the time said: “The Royal party – particularly the children – were struck with wonder and astonishment. Colonel Buckley, standing 6ft 3 and generally considered the tallest officer in the army, her Majesty observed, ‘I thought the Colonel very tall, but really he looks quite small by the side of Mr Hales.'”
WEIRD NORFOLK: The Giant who joined legendary showman PT Barnum’s circus | Great Yarmouth Mercury

Robert Hales was not born in Gorleston Norfolk/Suffolk UK, but a few miles North of the River Yare. He shows that the English of the East Anglians can produced giant humans and skeletons.