There is an annual open day in King's Lynn where you get to go into various historic places for free. Having lived in Norfolk for years, we thought it about time we visited so went over there for the afternoon. All car parks were just £1 for the whole day after 9am - not bad at all.
We started off at the Customs House, picking up the booklet which shows you where to go. Outside, the East Norfolk Militia were displaying. Unfortunately we had just missed their demonstration, but they were stood around talking to members of the public:
After looking around there, we wandered down King Street, visiting several houses which were usually solicitors offices nowadays. Forgot to take photographs in the first couple but they were huge behind their rather small frontal façades. Wouldn't liked to have been a servant in those places.
An upper balcony joins these two houses together at 25 King Street:
From here we wandered behind the Corn Exchange to The Pilot Office. Very interesting but crowded. There were some lovely old photographs on the wall of Pilots and Customs Officers:
We had hoped to go down into the WWII public shelter under the market places, that was discovered when renovations took place last year, but the crowd was absolutely huge, we reckon an hour to get in. No photographs I am
afraid as by now we were getting quite hungry. Food won.
After a lovely lunch we decided to visit The Red Mount Chapel. It was too dark inside for my little camera to cope with but all the walls in the upstairs chamber were covered with generations of graffiti:
From here we walked down to The South Gates, another amazing place:
By now we were getting tired so walked all the way back, first visiting an old Jewish Cemetery, very interests and then into the old St. Margaret's School where upstairs was the Military Experience Day and Education Centre, it was very good. Back to the car and came home for a much needed cup of tea. We have decided to go back another year and catch up on some of the places we didn't visit this time.