Heritage Open Day: Towards Lunch

A continuation oof my personal Heritage Open Day 2016 story which takes it up to lunch.

INTRODUCTION

This is my second post about Heritage Open Day 2016. There will be one more covering my post lunch activities.

THE ATTRACTIONS

On leaving the London Road Methodist Chapel I walked through the parkland and past the train station to the edge of the bus station and the..

LYNN MUSEUM

I took advantage of the fact that it being Heritage Open Day admission was free to have a look round this establishment. The trip round the museum starts with…

SEAHENGE

This is a circle of standing timbers revealed by a particularly low tide (the North Sea coast has been progressively moving west since the end of the last period of glaciation some 10,000 years ago, ¬†and a lot of land from even historic times is now below the surface, including the well known fishing grounds now called Dogger Bank) and ever since taking its place in the museum has been the prime exhibit…

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This is one of two historic buses doing duty on the day, of interest because Towler’s are local, being based near Wisbech.

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There was too much reflection from this side!

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These last two pics are of a speculative model of Seahenge in it’s original surroundings.

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The rest of the museum, although it plays second fiddle to Seahenge is by no means devoid of interest either…

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King’s Lynn circa 1967
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My part of Lynn, circa 1967
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This sort of poster could do with being pressed back into service!

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With apologies for the reflections, about which I could do nothing. This was a marine reptile and a contemporary of some dinosaurs but not a dinosaur itself.

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After this museum I got an inside look at something I had witnessed being worked on from my own humble abode…

NEW BUILD ON BAKER LANE

This owes its presence on the Heritage Open Day roster to the fact that it is in a conservation area and therefore obliged to be in keeping with what is already there. The stairs by means of which my flat is accessed are directly across Baker Lane car park from this development. I was reasonably impressed by what I saw…

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I next paid a brief call at the building on Queen Street (Baker Lane is a side street off Queen Street) where the Civic Society had set up shop, where my eye was caught by this tapestry map of Norfolk…

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I saw three more places before breaking off for lunch…

ALMSHOUSES, A COLLEGE AND A SECRET GARDEN

The Victorian almshouses, which like the Baker Lane development are visible from my flat, allowed admission to the upstairs of the front of the building and to a courtyard..

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The Great Hall at Thoresby College has something in common with Headingley cricket ground – looking up is better than looking down!

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This is why I recommend that visitors to the great hall at Thoresby College look up!
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This A3 sheet shows some of the attractions in and around King’s Lynn

The secret garden mentioned in the header of this section is behind Hampton Court, where my aunt lives. The land-facing wall is an old warehouse frontage which back in the day (14th century) abutted directly on to the river so that cargoes could be offloaded direct into the building. Later, when the river had assumed its current position, about 50 yards west of the old warehouse the site of what is now the garden was a waste dump. There is one original door, which used to provide access to Summerfeld & Thomas.

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LUNCH

My aunt had laid out some food on her kitchen table, for which I was very grateful. It was very good food too.

Heritage Open Day 2016 – Starting the Day

My first post about Heritage Open Day 2016.

INTRODUCTION

It is now a well-established tradition that Heritage Open Day in King’s Lynn takes place on the second Sunday of September. I had already decided that I was going to concentrate this year on places I had not previously seen. You can see what I wrote about Heritage Open Day 2015 (and indeed the text relating to Heritage Open Day 2014 – the pictures have been deleted due to lack of storage space in my media library) by clicking here. Also, since the whole point of Heritage Open Day is usually inaccessible places are opened to the public the outsides of buildings do not feature very much. The series of posts about Heritage Open Day 2017 will be different again as I have volunteered to help out at one of the attractions.

WORKING OUT A PLAN OF CAMPAIGN

The weather on Saturday had been downright bad, so it was with relief that I looked out of my windows to see blue sky and bright sun. Leaving my flat at 9:30 (living in the heart of the town it is almost a case of leaving my flat and instantly being in the action I headed for the Tuesday Market Place where I picked up a brochure about the day, and took a photograph of one of the classic cars…

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Having established that All Saints Church, a small establishment concealed from wider public knowledge by Hillington Square, was not opening up until 11:10 I set off to do other things until it opened (I was determined to see inside it, having photographed the outside a number of time). I was delighted to note that the Jewish Cemetery was open, and took a closer look at this little landmark that I previously viewed only through a locked gate.

THE JEWISH CEMETERY

This is a fascinating little place, and there was lots of information on display. This made an excellent first attraction of the day:

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Information first (pics 1-7), then some general pics)

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Just across the road from the Jewish Cemetery is…

THE PUBLIC LIBRARY

There cannot be many people who are more familiar with the areas of this building that are open to the public on a regular basis than me, but I had not previously seen either the manager’s office or the turret room (home to the Stanley Collection, a gift from the 15th Earl of Derby). Unfortunately I was stopped from taking photographs, so I have no pictures of the latter collection, and only a few from the manager’s office.

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This was one way to make sure your books did not get stolen!

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Passing through The Walks I spotted that the fountain had had some kind of bubble bath added to it…

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My next port of call was South Quay, where there was a…

A ‘PILOTS’ BOAT

The pilots in question are responsible for ensuring that ships dock safely, and in the case of the team on this boat the area includes the Great Ouse from just north of Downham Market to the Wash and also the mouth of the Nene, the river which serves Peterborough. As part of their responsibility they position buoys to indicate dangerous areas (it takes about ten minutes to shift one of these buoys once it is in position because they are anchored into position by one ton blocks of iron. There was one such on display so we could see closer than usual what they look like.

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The Pilots Boat
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A rowing crew approaching the jetty.

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The buoy (two pics thereof)

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Marriott’s, viewed from the ramp down to the jetty, thriving as would be expected.

My next port of call was…

THE GUILDHALL OF ST GEORGE

This was both an opportunity to look closely at a historic landmark and an opportunity to have say in its future. They had three plans on show, and it was the third that I particularly approved of. I filled out the questionnaire that they were using to collect information. This looked like being a real consultation ( as opposed to for example ‘we are building a new road, where would you like it to go?’ or ‘we are building a new runway, which airport would you like to get it?’). Once you have seen the photos below and before reading on, why not see if you can guess which plan I liked best…

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My preferred option of those on show was the third one. I hope that this building’s theatrical connection which stretches back six centuries will be maintained.

Walking through the Vancouver Quarter on my way to the next landmark I was pleased to spot a disused shop being put to good use…

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Finally, it was time to visit…

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

This little church is reckoned to be the oldest in King’s Lynn, with parts of the current building dating back almost a thousand years. On the outside it is an attractive building, on the inside…

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I finish this post with the last religious establishment I was to visit…

LONDON ROAD METHODIST CHAPEL

On the outside this is a smart but unspectacular brick fronted building. The inside of the building is very impressive…

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The view from the centre of the upstairs gallery.

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The organ

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Heritage Open Day 12: Conclusion

Helped by some magnificent weather, King’s Lynn was set off to best advantage on Heritage Open Day. The place was choc-a-bloc with things to do and to see, and with people taking advantage of the opportunity to do so. Although my own peregrinations only occupied three hours or so, by the time you add in the time spent editing photos and creating blog posts and it has occupied my attention for approximately 12 hours.

Obviously, the highlight for me was the fisheries research stuff, but I thoroughly enjoyed everything. I will sign off this series of posts with a photographic highlights package…

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Heritage Open Day 11: 25 King Street

This was my last port of call of the day. King Street runs from the Tuesday Market Place to the Purfleet, after which it becomes Queen Street until it reaches the Saturday Market Place. My flat is between the Purfleet and the Saturday Market Place, which makes King Street a thoroughly logical end point.

Number 25, a solicitor’s practice, features many points of interest, not least various parts of a reproduction Bayeux Tapestry. One more post will conclude this series, and in the meantime enjoy these pictures…

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Would this wood burner generate enough heat for the space? You betcha!
Would this wood burner generate enough heat for the space? You betcha!

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Heritage Open Day 10: 11 King Street

Back in town centre having completed my circuit,a couple of properties on King Street that were open for viewing took my fancy, and this one was the first of them. One of its incarnations has been as an accountancy practice, hence the boardroom you will see.

My next post will feature 25 King Street, a solicitor’s practice with more than a few points of interest, but for now enjoy these photos…

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The patterning of this window intrigued me to the extent that I photographed it and took individual pics of each style of pane.
The patterning of this window intrigued me to the extent that I photographed it and took individual pics of each style of pane.

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Heritage Open Day 10: 11 King Street

Back in town centre having completed my circuit,a couple of properties on King Street that were open for viewing took my fancy, and this one was the first of them. One of its incarnations has been as an accountancy practice, hence the boardroom you will see.

My next post will feature 25 King Street, a solicitor’s practice with more than a few points of interest, but for now enjoy these photos…

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The patterning of this window intrigued me to the extent that I photographed it and took individual pics of each style of pane.
The patterning of this window intrigued me to the extent that I photographed it and took individual pics of each style of pane.

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Heritage Open Day 9: The Red Mount Chapel

From the South Gate (see previous post) I headed into the parkland area by the route that got me more park and less road than any other and made way way to the Chapel of Our Lady of The Mount, also known as the Red Mount Chapel. Unlike the South Gate I had been in this building before, but it was still breathtaking. One starts at the bottom and works ones way up (a minor casualty of the popularity of the day – less freedom to do things in ones own way). To show what the windows might have looked liked before the stained glass was broken, one window has been remade in stained glass and looks remarkably good.

King’s Lynn is home to many religious buildings and was once home to more (indeed the town was called Bishop’s Lynn until Henry VIII “suggested” that a name change was in order), but even in the context of a town that is overstocked with this type of building this place is special. If you ever get the opportunity to see the inside take it.

My next post will feature 11 King Street, and in the meantime enjoy these…

The chapel from the outside

The park as viewed from the chapel
The park as viewed from the chapel

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Who says graffiti is anything new?!
Who says graffiti is anything new?!

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A side room on a mezzanine level
A side room on a mezzanine level

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Heritage Open Day 8: The South Gate – a Medieval TARDIS

After thoroughly enjoying myself learning about fisheries research I headed along the Great Ouse as far as Hardings Pits, through Hardings Pits to ultimately join the main road just beyond the South Gate – not the quickest, but the most scenic route, and well within the compass of Shanks’ Pony.

Obviously, living where I do, I have seen this building from the outside some thousands of times, but I had never previously been inside it. I was amazed at just how much is contained within the building – perhaps liking it to the TARDIS in this regard is excessive but not unduly so.

The ground and first floors merely contained artefacts relating to the building and some display boards, but the top floor, which spanned the width of entire building also had scale models, a very old painting, and some brass rubbing plates (I could not get a shot of these latter as they were in use throughout).

This building opens between 12 and 3PM Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the summer months and I recommend if you in west Norfolk in summertime that you pay it a call.

Look out for my next post, about the Red Mount Chapel and enjoy these photos from the medieval TARDIS….

The Southgate approaching the town
This external view reveals a handsome old gateway but gives no clue as to how much there is inside (hence the title of this post)

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This lantern was in a niche.
This lantern was in a niche.

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Iron roof supports joining together in the middle
Iron roof supports joining together in the middle
I thought this brickwork pattern deserved close attention.
I thought this brickwork pattern deserved close attention.

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See what I mean about the top floor?!
See what I mean about the top floor?!
An interesting round window.
An interesting round window.

Table The first floor Fireplace Description board The ground floor from the entrance

Heritage Open Day 7: Fisheries Research

The Great Ouse, the western boundary of King’s Lynn (on the other bank is West Lynn), is a commercial river, and the area has a long history of fishing. It was therefore both appropriate and very welcome that there was some exceedingly interesting and educational stuff provided by fisheries research people.

Not only did they lay on a full tour of their research vessel, in addition they had an exhibit featuring marine wildlife. Some of the younger folk were allowed to handle these creatures in carefully controlled circumstances. The featured image was also available to be taken away – a copy now adorns my outside table (and has survived a night’s rain).

One of the things that fisheries research does is monitor, and where necessary take preventive action, the proportion of juveniles that are being caught. Obviously, creatures caught while still juvenile are denied the opportunity to breed, whereas if they are only caught once they have already had the opportunity to breed future generations are protected.

What are the possible consequences of neglect? Well, when John Cabot first set eyes on the Grand Bank he had never seen such a preponderance of fish in a single location. Yet in 1997, 500 years (in natural history terms not even an eyeblink) after this, the Grand Banks Fishery closed for good – there were no fish left.

This was one of the most interesting and beyond a shadow of a doubt THE most important element of the day. My next post will feature another boundary marker, the Southgates, meantime enjoy a selection of photographs…

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Lobster
Lobster

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The guideline again.
The guideline again.

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miniature submarine
This is a miniature remote controlled submarine, used in fisheries research.

Observation computer Map

Metal Pyramid
This pyramid (25cm each side at base – meaning that a cool 175,616,000 of these would make a pyramid to match Khufu’s! at Giza!) is used to take sea floor samples and check them for population density

A net

Heritage Open Day 7: Fisheries Research

The Great Ouse, the western boundary of King’s Lynn (on the other bank is West Lynn), is a commercial river, and the area has a long history of fishing. It was therefore both appropriate and very welcome that there was some exceedingly interesting and educational stuff provided by fisheries research people.

Not only did they lay on a full tour of their research vessel, in addition they had an exhibit featuring marine wildlife. Some of the younger folk were allowed to handle these creatures in carefully controlled circumstances. The featured image was also available to be taken away – a copy now adorns my outside table (and has survived a night’s rain).

One of the things that fisheries research does is monitor, and where necessary take preventive action, the proportion of juveniles that are being caught. Obviously, creatures caught while still juvenile are denied the opportunity to breed, whereas if they are only caught once they have already had the opportunity to breed future generations are protected.

What are the possible consequences of neglect? Well, when John Cabot first set eyes on the Grand Bank he had never seen such a preponderance of fish in a single location. Yet in 1997, 500 years (in natural history terms not even an eyeblink) after this, the Grand Banks Fishery closed for good – there were no fish left.

This was one of the most interesting and beyond a shadow of a doubt THE most important element of the day. My next post will feature another boundary marker, the Southgates, meantime enjoy a selection of photographs…

Info screen 2 Info screen More maps Sideways view Lobster close up Red Crab Giant crab

Lobster
Lobster

Lobster 1 ?????????? Good map

The guideline again.
The guideline again.

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miniature submarine
This is a miniature remote controlled submarine, used in fisheries research.

Observation computer Map

Metal Pyramid
This pyramid (25cm each side at base – meaning that a cool 175,616,000 of these would make a pyramid to match Khufu’s! at Giza!) is used to take sea floor samples and check them for population density

A net