Sunday, 14 September 2014

King's Lynn Open Day

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:

Not quite sure where the Viking had come from!

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 fa├žades. 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:

Then into the back of The Corn Exchange where you could see a speeded up version of a video taken of the crew putting up and taking down the stage, backdrops etc. Coming out the front, we came to Tuesday Market Place which was filled with old cars. Before crossing to see the cars we went into 19 Tuesday Market Place:

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:
This was where a family lived. The kitchen area was downstairs but was too crowded to get a decent photograph, likewise the top bit where once, guards climbed to the roof to take aim at people. Several people including children were hung from the arch way but the guide waited to tell us that until the smaller children had been taken upstairs!

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.


  1. DB`s eldest daughter lives near Kings Lynn with her mother, but I don`t think they know about these open days. I wonder if they ever visited any of these places you have seen.

    1. I think some of them can be visited other times as well, though so far we haven't, how remiss.

  2. One of the best things about King's Lynn, in fact probably the only good things, are the old buildings and the history. Otherwise, despite living only twenty minutes away from it, I never go there.

    1. It becomes more Eastern European every time we visit, but like you say, it has some nice buildings!


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