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EAST GATE Defensive walls were built from 1266. On this site stood the town's east gatehouse, originally built 1277, rebuilt about 1440 and demolished in 1800. A bridge c1520 can be seen from the park, and the C14 walls stretch along both side streets. 1905-2005

Littleport Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Saturday Market Place. A separate charnel chapel of St. John stood here from 1364 to 1779, and a row of butchers' Shambles in front. The new Shambles was built with a Grammar School room above, and demolished in 1914 to enlarge the market place.

Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Common Staithe The line of coping stones across the car park was until 1855 the edge of the town's main public quay. The opening of the Estuary Cut to The Wash caused the riverbank to form farther west. A promenade was built in 1990.

Common Staith Quay, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Pilot Office Built 1864 with view of the Estuary Cut to the north, replacing site at St Ann's Fort in the old river course. Linked with the former Public Baths (built 1856) to create the Conservancy Board (port authority) offices 1897.

Common Staith Quay, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

The Holy Trinity Gild This is the Trinity Chapel at St. Margaret's Church designed by Francis Goodwin in 1809, after the removal of the C13-15 Gild chapel to enlarge the market place in 1808. The 'Great Gild' was the premier merchant gild, leading the town from c1200 to 1545.

St Margaret's Church, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Sir Robert Walpole (1676 - 1745) Rebuilt Houghton Hall and M. P. for Kings Lynn (1702 - 1742) when it was one of the Kingdom's premier ports. Britain's first Prime Minister during the reigns of George I and II. Sir Robert was a frequent patron of the Duke's Head where his supporters held ball to celebrate his regular election to Parliament for King's Lynn. He shared the representation of the borough with his brother-in-law, Sir Charles Turner (1666 - 1738), whose uncle John Turner built this hotel.

5-6 Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Blackfriars On this site stood the Dominican Friary founded before 1256, enlarged in 1329, and closed in 1538. All four Orders of Friars had houses in medieval Lynn, and the Blackfriars' land extended eastward beyond Railway Road. The last ruins were finally cleared for building in 1852.

Blackfriars Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Stepney Baptist Chapel This was the largest Baptist chapel in town, built in 1841 through the personal efforts of the Rev. Thomas Wigner. He had trained at the Stepney College, and was the Minister here in 1839-65, creating a religious revival.

Blackfriars Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Savings Bank Designed in imposing 'tudor-gothic' style in 1858, the Lynn Savings Bank hoped to inspire the confidence of local savers! The town's armorial bearings include the pelican badge, and the shield is on the rainwater pipes. The bank had opened in 1817 in the High Street.

High Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

St Margaret's Vicarage Built c.1830 for a Lynn merchant, this house has been the Vicarage since 1912. From the previous house on this site novelist Fanny Burney (1752-1840) observed the social life of Lynn, staying there as a regular visitor.

St Margaret's Place, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Joe Dines 1886-1918 amateur international footballer lived here

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Railway Station Originally a wooden building opened in 1846, it was rebuilt by Robert Skipper of Dereham for the Great Eastern Railway in 1871-72, when this was the terminus for three lines across the Fens and Norfolk. Enlarged, and the present buffet lounge built, in 1910.

Blackfriars Rd, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Captain Samuel Cresswell 1827-1867 Arctic explorer born here

Bank House Hotel, King's Staithe Square, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Captain Alexander Musgrave who sailed against the Spanish Armada 1588 lived in a house on this site

5 King Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Three Crowns House These apartments took the name of a public house on the alley through the site-three crowns was the symbol of East Anglia. Formerly the site of Everard's warehouses, the oldest parts were C17 and can still be seen behind, at both ends. The river edge then was down the middle of this site.

Three Crowns House, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Central tower of Church of the Grey Friars 13th Century.

St James St, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Marriott's Warehouse By 1440 this site was a quay known as Pygot's Stand. Although the building includes some 14th century stone, it was probably built c.1570 for coal and corn merchant Thomas Claiborne. Marriott was a corn merchant here by 1845.

S Quay, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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27 King Street St George's Chambers. Altered by Dutch merchant families, the limestone house front is 1739 and the finely-detailed rear wing is c1695. After 1814 this property also owned the Guidhall warehouses, and included Everard & Blencowe's Bank from 1826-61. Offices after 1930 (museum 1973-1992).

27 King Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Burkitt Homes. Almshouses built in 1909 in memory of William Burkitt, maltster and seed merchant. Mayor 1863 & 1886.

Queen Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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1 King Street Sir John Turner (1632-1712) merchant lived here. Mayor 1678 & 1692, M.P. for Lynn, patron of Henry Bell, architect. The Custom House and Duke's Head Hotel were built for him.

1 King Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Tower Street Methodist Chapel. This brick pillar was the end of the forecourt railings of the town's principal Weslyan chapel from 1812 to 1965. Affectionately known as the 'Methodist Minister' the chapel stood in place of the modern Regent Way, on a site which had previously been the synagogue.

Regent Way, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Greyfriars Tower. This late C14 lantern tower stood over the central crossing of the C13 Franciscan Priory Church on this sit c.1230-1538. The Greyfriars attracted academics and wealthy patrons. It was retained as a shipmark for the harbour when the priory was dismantled and its stones reused in the town.

St. James' Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

1-2 High Street Site of Coney's House c1450 -1816. Walter Coney, merchant, was Mayor 1453, 1460, 1469, 1474, 1476 and MP for Lynn.

1-2 High Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Lynn Museum Built in 1859 as the Union Baptist Chapel (designed by R. M. Smith), with Sunday schoolrooms added to the east in 1867. It became the town museum and art gallery in 1904. Altered in the 1960s and restored in 2005.

Old Market Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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St Ann's Fort. This open square and the brick arched wall to the north are the last traces of the gun battery known as Saint Ann's Fort. Built in 1570 it was repaired and re-gunned against various seaborne threats to the town, 1625-1815.

St Annes Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Bank Lane Arches Tower Gardens. The gardens were laid out in 1911 to mark the Coronation of King George V. Previously this part of the Greyfriars had been used to hold cattle awaiting Market. These C14 arches were resited from a building at Bank Lane / Ferry Street demolished in 1910.

Bank Lane Arches Tower Gardens, Millfleet, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

23-25 King Street. An early 17th century house built with a central passage reflecting two medieval hall house plots. The rear crow-stepped gables are rare for King's Lynn. Refronted early in the 18th century the house was divided into two by 1810. In 1988/90 it was restored as one property.

23-25 King Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Lattice House. Built c.1480 as a range of 3 shops and houses with later cross wings. The south end has been an Inn since at least 1714 and other parts occupied by St Nicholas Church staff. A very fine open hall and crown-post roofs can be seen inside. Restored 1981-2.

37-41 Chapel Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Frederick Savage (1828-97) A machine maker in Lynn from 1851, he became renowned for steam engines used on fairground rides and patented the 'galloping horses'. Mayor 1889. Statue erected 1892, and restored in 1992, aided by the Showmens' Guild of Great Britain.

Guanock Place, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

King's Staithe Mill. Built in 1749 by William Langley, merchant and Mayor, as a mill for the production of oil from rape seed. After 1800 it was used as a granary and later as an animal feed mill.

King's Staithe Mill, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Ralph Vaughan Williams (1876-1958) Searching for English folk songs the young composer visited King's Lynn and district in January 1905 and collected 61 in a week. The fisherfolk of the North End impressed Ralph Vaughan Williams particularly James "Duggie" Carter (aged 61). Their songs influenced several of his orchestral works including three "Norfolk Rhapsodies" and "A Sea Symphony". Ralph Vaughan Williams met the fisherfolk in January 1905 in this public house then called "The Tilden Smith"

Hextable Road, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Juniper House, Austin Street. This building is named after Councillor Fred Juniper (1918-99). In 36 years of public service he was Mayor of King's Lynn 1975-76 and Borough Mayor of West Norfolk in 1995-96.

Juniper House, Austin Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

7-9 King Street A large C14 Hall House stands behind a C15 front range, altered later; with a brick front c.1830. The warehouses towards the river were typical of a Lynn merchant's yard, and possibly part of the Corpus Christi Gild property until 1548.

7-9 King Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Gaol House. This building of 1784 housed the town gaoler and replaced an earlier gaoler's house. In the prison yad behind are some 18th century cells. This was the town Police Station until 1954.

Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Site of Thoresbys' House. The Thoresby family of merchants and landowners lived here between c.1427-1510. Thomas Claiborne (c1557-1607), merchant and Mayor, lived here. His son William (1600-77) was a co-founder of the Virginia colony in 1621.

Queen Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Ladybridge Opposite this plaque, on the old road to London, stood a chapel of Our Lady from c1329 until 1549; later used as a house. This road bridge was rebuilt by the town's Paving Commissioners in 1806, and Millfleet itself was covered over in 1897.

Ladybridge, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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2 St Margaret's Place On this site stood Sparrow Hall, owned between 1393-1513 by the Town Council. Behind the restyled exterior stands a late 15th century house, occupied since 1513 by merchants, doctors and a vicar.

2 St Margaret's Place, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Baker Lane Oil Cake Mill In 1899 a four-storey linseed oil mill and warehouse here was destroyed by fire. Rebuilt for Henry Leake & Son in 1900, making linseed cake for cattle feed. This tower became a granary after 1945, and was retained as part of a courtyard of apartments built in 1985-87.

Baker Lane, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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John Exton, M.D. Mayor of Lynn 1735 lived here

High Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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21 Tuesday Market Place Erected in 1768 for George Hogge, a wealthy merchant. In 1869 the building was bought by Gurney's Bank; their successors Barclay's, refronted it in the original style in 1957. Site of Custom House 1620-1703.

21 Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

18 Tuesday Market Place Oldest parts are 15th century, the southern half was refronted c.1725 and the northern bay rebuilt in 1803. Rear wings demolished 1975. Maltings remain to the west. The Bagge merchant family, brewers and bankers, occupied these premises 1725-1929.

18 Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Bennett's Yard 21 St Nicholas Street This 15 century arch originally led under a house to a tenement yard behind. Primitive Methodists in Norfolk first met here in 1821. The house became ruinous and was demolished in 1951.

21 St Nicholas Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Outer Purfleet Purfleet was the main harbour inlet of medieval Lynn, and originally much wider. Purfleet Quay was built in 1547. On this site stood Hull Warehouse (c1680), a tall granary (c1900), and then grain silos (1964-92). The dock was created in 2000, as a Millennium Project.

Purfleet Place, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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West Norfolk and King's Lynn High School for Girls 1902-1979

Old School Court, 21 King Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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28-32 King Street Within 30-32 are the remains of a stone house built c.1200, the oldest in Lynn. About 1300, the timber framed row of houses and shops at 28-30 was built over and beside the stone house.

28-32 King Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

(opposite this plaque is the) Custom House Built as a Merchant's Exchange in 1683 by Henry Bell for Sir John Turner. Altered in 1718 and 1744. From 1693 to 1989 this was the Port Office for HM Customs, and it is "one of the finest late 17C public buildings in provincial England" (N Pevsner)

Purfleet Quay, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Tudor Rose Hotel C15 front door and crown post roof in hall range on the left, joined by a first floor gallery to St Nicholas' House, to the right (a classical east gable is dated 1645). These buildings faced north into the courtyard of a mansion house, until 1895. Restored in 1972-74, and extended as an hotel.

Tudor Rose Hotel, Nicholas Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

29 King Street Shakespeare House This is a late C15 'hall house' of timber and brick with an 1810 front wall, and added rooms c1780 beside the Guildhall. Formerly the Shakespeare public house, this name referred to the Guildhall's use as a theatre in 1766-1814.

29 King Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle 1885-1985 Old Bank of England Chambers where the Norwich Art Circle had its club room and held its first exhibition on 12th September 1885

Queen Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom

Thoresby College 1500

31 and 33 Queen Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom