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The latest book by local historian Bob Booth is due to hit local book stores soon.
King’s Lynn – an Illustrated Street Directory 1933 lists details of the streets and yards and principal inhabitants of the town 80 years ago, along with over 100 fascinating local pictures and adverts of the 1930s.
The book launch will take place on Saturday 26th October 2013 at Waterstones in Norfolk Street.
Bob will be signing copies between 11 am an 12.30 pm. Further details are available by phoning 01553 660111.
You can find out more about Bob and his books on his website at trickysampublishing.co.uk
People are being encouraged to take part in an online poll to select items from the King’s Lynn Town Hall’s collections that they feel encapsulate King’s Lynn and its rich history.
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, which owns the building, is currently in the process of seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the building and its collections more accessible to the public. Part of the project would involve the creation of a new trail, highlighting items from the extensive collection that are fundamental to the town’s past or have formed its distinctive character. The results of the online poll will be used to help curators develop this special trail.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said, “The town hall is home to a wealth of treasures including the magnificent King John Cup, an excellent fine art collection, the borough archive, containing documents of international significance charting our Hanse heritage and dating back to the 1200s, and items which provide a window onto the social history of the town. Spanning such a breadth of history means there is much to explore here and we are keen to get local people’s opinions about what they feel are the items that really give an insight into our special town. The online poll is very easy to use, so I hope people will get involved.
“We know what a tremendous asset the town hall is for King’s Lynn. By improving access and making more of the collections, we hope to develop it as a tourist attraction – contributing to the local economy and encouraging people to visit other attractions in the town.”
As well as being home to exciting collections, the town hall building itself has been at the centre of town life for over 800 years and includes the Trinity Guildhall, dating back to the early 1400s and the magnificent Assembly Room of the 1700s. There is also an 18th-century Gaol House and a well-preserved Victorian courtroom.
If successful, the Heritage Lottery Funding bid would enable major improvements to the borough archives, a new permanent exhibition space and the creation of links to other heritage attractions in the town as well as the creation of the new trail.
‘The Lynn Vote’ will be open until 5pm on Sunday 27 October. After this deadline, one lucky participant will be chosen at random to receive a £50 voucher kindly donated by Market Bistro in King’s Lynn.
Take part in the online poll.
The latest in a series of miniature collectables depicting various local buildings will be available from Saturday 5 October.
Caithness Crystal have commissioned Lilliput Lane to produce this exclusive piece, the Greenland Fisheries, which will only be for sale via Caithness Crystal and will become part of the King’s Lynn and surrounding area collection, that already features, The Southgates, The Red Mount, Customs House, Greyfriars Tower, the Library, the Flying Scotsman at King’s Lynn Station, St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham and last years building the Wolferton Signal box.
Greenland Fisheries was built in 1605 by John Atkin, rope merchant and four times Mayor of Lynn. In the 18th century, the building became known as The Greenland Fishery, and was used by Lynn’s whaling fleet sailors.
The building is Grade II listed and is thought to be one of the last timber framed buildings to have been erected in King’s Lynn. The interior features an important series of Jacobean wall-paintings.
The Greenland Fisheries will be launched at a special Lilliput Lane event on Saturday 5th October at the Caithness Crystal Visitor Centre on the Hardwick Industrial Estate. Visitors to the event will be able to meet the artist Rozanne Robb between 10 – 2pm and have their Greenland Fisheries signed.
Every year Heritage Open Day celebrates the fantastic architecture and culture of King’s Lynn by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
It’s a once-a-year chance to discover the hidden architectural treasures of Lynn that bring our local history and culture to life.
On a national level, Heritage Open Days are organised by a huge network of people who share a passion for places, history and culture. Locally, over 1,400 organisations and some 40,000 volunteers organise thousands of site openings and events, jointly attracting over 1 million visitors. They make Heritage Open Days England’s biggest voluntary cultural event.
This year the event takes place locally on Sunday 15th September, from 10 am – 4 pm.
To view the full 2013 brochure CLICK HERE
RAF Marham exercised its Freedom of the Borough on Wednesday morning by parading on the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn with music provided by The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.
After the fly-past of a fighter plane from RAF Marham, the the Mayor Cllr Elizabeth Watson took the salute and inspected the parade, followed by speeches from the Mayor and Station Commander, Group Captain David Cooper ADC MA BEng.
The Mayor Cllr Elizabeth Watson said: “This momentous event was one of the highlights of my mayoral year, and gave me the opportunity to express my personal gratitude and that of the Borough for the contributions they all make in ensuring our nation’s continuing peace and security.”
An exciting and unique mobile cinema will be coming to Lynn to offer free screenings of local archive films from the last century aboard the 22 seater digital cinema.
The ‘Archive Alive’ mobile cinema tour will be visiting the Vancouver Quarter shopping area on Monday 10 June from 10.30am – 1pm. It will then visit the Green at Hunstanton from 3.30pm – 6.30pm.
Norwich’s Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) will be taking archive film on the road courtesy of a 1960s vintage mobile cinema to bring the archive alive to people throughout Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.
The Archive Alive tour will kick off on Sunday 2 June in Clacton-on-sea, Essex and will complete its journey in Hunstanton, Norfolk on Monday 10 June. The complete itinerary is as follows:
Sunday 2 June – CLACTON (9.30am – 12.30pm Town Square), COLCHESTER (3pm – 6pm Castle Park)
Monday 3 – HARLOW (10am – midday Market Place), HAVERHILL (3.30pm – 6.30pm Market Square)
Tuesday 4 – ELY (10am – 1pm The Maltings), CAMBRIDGE (3.30pm – 7pm Parker’s Piece)
Wednesday 5 – RAF LAKENHEATH (for airbase personnel only)
Thursday 6 – DISS (10am – 12.30pm Mere’s Mouth), BURY ST EDMUNDS (3pm – 6pm Cornhill)
Friday 7 – IPSWICH (10am – 12.30pm Lloyds Avenue), ALDEBURGH (3.30pm – 6.30pm Moot Hall)
Saturday 8 – LOWESTOFT (10am – 12.30 Royal Green), NORWICH (3.30pm – 7.30pm The Forum)
Sunday 9 – GRESSENHALL (10am – 1pm Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse), CROMER (4pm – 7pm The Pier)
Monday 10 – KING’S LYNN (10.30am – 1pm Vancouver Quarter shopping area), HUNSTANTON (3.30pm – 6.30pm The Green)
The archive film footage has been researched and selected for digitisation by HEART working closely with the UEA’s East Anglian Film Archive.
One of the aims of the Archive Alive tour is to promote the website www.archivealive.org which showcases hundreds of digitised archive films from across East Anglia. It also features a selection of archive films from Upper Normandy with the opportunity to compare and contrast our social history on both sides of the channel.
Jane Jarvis, Digital Heritage’s Project Manager said: “The ‘Archive Alive’ tour is a great way to help spread the word about what a fantastic resource archive film is. With more of these unique images now available online they can be viewed to enhance our learning and understanding of our region and the way we used to live.
“We are very much looking forward to setting off on the vintage mobile cinema to promote these great films and our new website archivealive.org via such a unique and authentic platform. We hope lots of people, of all ages, will come aboard and enjoy bringing the archive alive.”
For further information on the tour itinerary, locations and timings you can visit www.archivealive.org
Digital Heritage Project
The Digital Heritage Project is currently working with EAFA to digitise hundreds of archive films from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire from as far back as 1896. With an aim of bringing the archive alive, the Digital Heritage Project is working with two major film archives from both sides of the channel, EAFA and Rouen based, Pôle Image Haute-Normandie.
In October 2012, the Digital Heritage Project launched its new website which showcases a vast and impressive collection of East Anglian and French films which are an important part of our social history and heritage. This project is made possible via EU funding from the Interreg IVA Channel Programme within the scope of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
King’s Lynn will be celebrating International Hanse Day on Saturday 25 May with a packed programme of events and activities to showcase the Hanseatic links.
Events will include:
• Maritime Trail Procession
• A Guided Walk
• Specialised Food Market
• Free Hanseatic Nibbles
• Beer Festival
• A Medieval Banquet
• A Concert for String Orchestras
• Music by the King’s Lynn Waites
There are 182 cities in 16 countries which make up the modern Hanse. Each year, all member cities are encouraged to celebrate their Hhanseatic heritage and their involvement in the modern Hanse network.
By the 13th century King’s Lynn was one of England’s foremost ports. The commercial opportunities and rewards offered by the town attracted merchants from the Baltic, Hamburg and Lubeck. Trading privileges with the Hanse were confirmed by 1310. Hanseatic ships travelled together in convoys across The Wash for safety, especially against pirates.
This year’s Hanse Day celebration centres on Hanseatic food and culture. The day will begin with a Hanseatic Guided Walk which starts from the Custom House at 11am.
To celebrate the opening of the new Maritime Trail a procession led by Cllr Nick Daubney, Leader of the Borough Council, will follow much of the trail around the town.
At Marriott’s Warehouse and Hanse House, food and East European treats will be available between 12.00 noon and 4pm. This will be accompanied by performances of Medieval, Tudor and Renaissance music by the King’s Lynn Waites.
The Bank House will be running a beer festival from 12 noon until 4.00pm, serving bottled beers from Hanse Countries, including beers from the Netherlands, Germany, Latvia and Russia as well as Russian vodka and German Schnapps, all accompanied by free Hanseatic nibbles.
The Market Bistro is organising a small market with their suppliers and will be providing samples of the restaurant’s in-house cured and smoked produce, which will take place on Saturday Market Place between 12 noon and 4pm.
A concert with music for string orchestras and solos by J.S. Bach, Greig, Telemann, Holst and Vaughan Williams will take place at All Saints Church, starting at 5pm.
Denver Mills, based within the Hanse House, is organising a medieval banquet in the Merchant’s Bar at 7pm. The event is ticket only. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
The Hanse flag will be flown from King’s Court, the Custom House, Clifton House and King’s Lynn Town Hall. Sail flags, bearing the Hanse logo will also be displayed at key event locations including the Bank House, Marriott’s Warehouse and the Saturday Market Place.
Borough Council Leader Cllr Nick Daubney, who is the English Commissioner for the League, said: “It is important that we celebrate our Hanseatic links and recognise the important role the former league played within the town. International Hanse Day is a real opportunity to draw attention to King’s Lynn’s rich history and heritage.”
To find out more about International Hanse Day in King’s Lynn, visit the King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre in the Custom House or call 01553 763044.
A brand new, self-guided walking tour focusing on King’s Lynn’s maritime heritage will be launched on International Hanse Day, Saturday 25 May.
The Maritime Trail guides people through King’s Lynn’s exceptional historic built environment. By incorporating the stories of the merchants, shipbuilders, sailors, fishermen, press gangs, porters and pubs, which have played key roles in the town’s history, the trail helps to bring the past to life.
The way-marked trail, which starts at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and ends at Marriott’s Warehouse, features 27 bronze pavement plaques. There are four different designs to look out for, representing the four wards through which the trail passes.
The tour in brief:
North End Ward - portrayed by a ship’s anchor – tours the historic home of King’s Lynn’s fishing community at True’s Yard, as well as taking in St Nicholas’ Chapel, Common Staithe Quay, and the impressive Tuesday Market Place.
Trinity Ward – represented by a Kogge or merchant’s ship – covers King’s Staithe Square, the Bank House and the impressive merchant’s mansion and tower – Clifton House. The area was a key place for merchants to conduct their business in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Chequer Ward – depicted by a compass – takes in the iconic Custom House and the magnificent buildings on King Street, behind which was a world of warehouses, breweries and merchants’ yards.
Stonegate Ward – signified by the image of a whale – takes in locations such as Nelson Street, Greenland Fishery, Hanse House and Marriott’s Warehouse, and reflects the oldest part of the town, from which King’s Lynn developed to become one of England’s major ports .
To celebrate the opening of the trail a procession led by Cllr Nick Daubney, Leader of the Borough Council, Deputy Borough Mayor, Cllr Barry Ayres and Dr Paul Richards, will follow much of the trail on Saturday 25 May at 11 am.
Cllr Nick Daubney, one of the driving forces behind the development of this trail, said: “We are proud of Lynn’s maritime heritage and this new trail will help visitors to, and residents of, the town to find out more about the way the town grew from its position as a premier sea port. They will be able to see some of the town’s magnificent buildings and understand where they fit in Lynn’s fascinating history. We are extremely grateful to Dr Paul Richards for his invaluable assistance in helping to create this trail.”
It is hoped that the trail will encourage even more visitors to explore the town, as well as being enjoyed by local people, and will help raise awareness of King’s Lynn’s historic role as an important port and centre for trade.
Maritime Trail guide booklets will be available from King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre, True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and Marriott’s Warehouse at a cost of just 50 pence. The trail takes a minimum of around 1 ½ hours to complete, but can be considerably longer depending on the amount of time taken to explore the various locations along the trail.
Two structures, which have lain hidden beneath the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn, would have provided protection to people during the Second World War.
Whilst they have been undisturbed for years, recent survey work in preparation for the refurbishment of the town’s historic square, has drawn attention once again to the oft-forgotten air raid shelters, which are just feet below the surface of the Tuesday Market Place.
Believed to have been there since 1940-41, the two shelters are constructed from steel reinforced concrete. Each shelter is around 8′ to 10′ deep and together would have accommodated around 350 to 400 people.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “We knew the shelters were under the Tuesday Market Place, but they haven’t been accessible for years. When we carried out the core sampling in readiness for the refurbishment work we are doing to the Tuesday Market Place, we took the opportunity to put a camera down the holes to take a couple of snap shots.
“The real surprise was how close the shelters were to the surface of the market place and the fact that they appear to be in such good condition.”
At present there is no money in the council’s budget and no plans to do any further work on the shelters. The priority is to complete the work on the Tuesday Market Place.
Once that has been finished, the shelters may be explored further to see whether they could be made accessible or brought back into some sort of use.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds added: “It’s always interesting when you uncover something like this. If anyone has any photos or stories about time they may have spent in the shelters during the war, or any information they may have about the shelters since then, it would really help bring this piece of Lynn’s history to life.”
We’ve had a lot of comments about this article on Twitter. Here’s a selection:
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I’ve lived here a while now but never knew about those, great story!
PETINA BLANDFORD @tonypetina7haj
they should be turned into a living museum
Karen Goult @karengoult
Maybe they could eventually make them open to the public on Heritage Days?
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A new exhibition at True’s Yard Museum promises to “take you on a journey into Lynn’s rich pub culture.”
The Spirit of the Age – Historic Pubs of Lynn will feature 56 photographs of 28 pubs – Then and Now contrasting the changes over the years. The exhibition will also feature a map of King’s Lynn highlighting all the locations of the pubs.
In 1845 there were as many as 149 pubs in King’s Lynn. Like the town’s population, this figure had doubled since 1800 where there were only 68 pubs for 10,000 residents.
Pubs were the community centres of urban England; they provided the public with entertainment and games. They even provided a home for those in need with their Sick Clubs and Friendly Societies, some helped sailors save a few pennies for a rainy day.
In the North End pubs also served as auction houses for buying of fishing smacks.
Generally there were 3 kinds of pub:
1) Riverside taverns mostly frequented by sailors and porters on the river. There were 8 of these in Queen Street in 1845!
2) Inns, located on the main highways into Lynn via East and South Gates. They provided stables and lodgings. The 2 main coaching inns were The Dukes Head and The Globe.
3) Neighbourhood Pubs, these were popular in the North End and the Friars which was also a maritime quarter.
Pubs were not popular with all however, the Temperance Movement ran a campaign against them throughout the 19th Century. With catchphrases such as “Lips that touch liquors shall not touch ours!”
By 1900 only 108 of the 149 pubs remained opened there were now too many hostelries and not enough customers! Thus began the decline of the pubs which was partly due to the fall in number of sailors as sailing ships gave way to steamers.
The exhibition opening will be at 12 noon on Friday 22nd March at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum. Light refreshments will be provided.
To tie in with the exhibition, Dr Paul Richards will be leading a tour of the historic pubs of Lynn on Friday 5th April at 4pm starting at the exhibition and finishing in a local historic hostelry. It makes an interesting Pub Trail!
A new website which promotes and celebrates the role Norfolk women have played in the history of the county and beyond was launched on Friday, 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day.
The Norfolk Women in History Timeline is an ongoing project designed to encourage people to find out more about some of the well known and not-so-well known women who have links to Norfolk. The website features dozens of biographies of women spanning nearly 2000 years, from Queen of the Iceni Boudicca, who died around 60 AD, to TV cook Delia Smith, famed for her role as a Norwich City Football Club shareholder and fan.
The project has been developed by the Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service and Norfolk Museums Service. The plan is to add to the website over time, and the partners are encouraging people to get in touch to suggest women who have a link to Norfolk who they think should be included and celebrated as part of the project.
Other women who are featured in the Norfolk Women in History Timeline include:
- Edith Cavell, World War One nurse and heroine who was born and brought up in Swardeston.
- Julian of Norwich, who was the first woman to write a book in the English language around the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries.
- Margaret Fountaine, a diarist and adventurer who was born in South Acre near Swaffham, who travelled the world in the 19th century collecting butterflies.
- Benanna Summers from Northrepps near Overstrand, who was widowed at the age of 25 in 1850. She went on to work as a farmer, grocer and laundress to support her three children
To find out more about the Norfolk Women in History Timeline, people can visit the website at www.norfolkwomeninhistory.com. People can make a suggestion for someone you think should be included on the timeline by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01603 222599.
Local people will be able to meet up and share memories about King’s Lynn at War this Saturday.
Trues Yard Fisherfolk Museum are organising the event, which will include the results of last year’s survey of a World War II Air Raid Shelter in Kettlewell Lane.
The Community Archaeology Day is a free event where anyone can participate in one or more of the activities. In addition to the programme below, WWII documents, artefacts and photographs from the True’s Yard archives will be available to view.
Community Archaeology Day – Programme
WEST NORFOLK AND KING’S LYNN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
In Partnership with True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum
Saturday, 23rd February 2013
11:30 – 11:40 Welcome, Introduction and Research Centre – Dr. Clive J. Bond,
Chairperson, WN&KL Archaeological Society and Dr. Paul Richards, President
of Society and Trustee, True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum
11:40 – 12:00 WN&KL Archaeological Society and Community Archaeology -
Dr. Clive J. Bond, Chairperson, WN&KL Archaeological Society
12:00 – 12:45 Kettlewell Lane WWII Air Raid Shelter Survey – Christopher
Kolonko, Archaeologist, Historic Environment Service, Norfolk County
12:45 – 1:20 Coffee/Tea Break
1:20 – 3:00 Oral History Interviews
3:00 – 3:20 Discussion and Close.
Education and Community Outreach Team,
True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum
King’s Lynn PE30 1QW
Tel. 01553 770479
This fascinating old film depicts the marriage of Rodney John Wilcox and Veta Mary Jackson at St. Nicholas Chapel, Kings Lynn on May 27th 1939. At the end of the wedding you can see some interesting footage of King’s Lynn, Stiffkey, Binham and Norwich Cathedral as they were then.
The couples’ son, John Wilcox told us more about the film:
“My mother was born in King’s Lynn in 1913. Her father was Charles William Jackson who was borough Engineer and manager of the Electricity Works in Kettlewell Lane from about 1912 until 1950. His wife was Lillian Mary Sutcliffe. Both were born in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
“Most of the other people I can identify in the film come from Leicester, none from King’s Lynn. I think the shot of people sitting round a table after the wedding is taken in the garden of Kettlewell House, or possibly at the back of The Duke’s Head or the Globe which is where the reception was held.
“I am fairly certain the person who took the film is Eric Gibson from Leicester, and his wife Dorothy is seen at the end looking out of a window, presumably onto the Tuesday Market Place. I guess they had a tour of Norfolk afterwards hence the shots of Stiffkey, Binham and Norwich cathedral!”
The flood memorial at North Beach, Heacham, was re-dedicated and children from the village junior school laid a special tribute they had made from items found along the beach at Heacham. The children also read poems they had written as part of their studies of the history of the flood.