1914 Victorian Lynn – a Walk

Saturday 15 June 10:40 AM to 5:30 PM

Price for single attendee: £0.00

Led by Dr Paul Richards DL FSA. Railways and docks triggered Lynn’s first Industrial Revolution in the 1870s with town development encircling the medieval centre rather than cutting through it. London Road was the axis of the Victorian town as population growth before 1850 led to new streets “springing into existence”. The Old Town did not escape some redevelopment and new public buildings were erected here in the 19th century. The day will begin at King’s Lynn Minster to see the 1870s “restoration” of Gilbert Scott before we move east to London other Victorian structures (St John’s Church of the 1840s by Anthony Salvin is worth a visit). The walk continues northwards (to the 1872 Rail Station) before turning west into the Old Town, to look at two former Baptist Chapels, before visiting the magnificent 15th-century St Nicholas Chapel. The interior was transformed in the 1850s. After lunch (not included in ticket price) the party walk west into the Tuesday Market Place to find the Corn Exchange (1854) and Swimming Baths (1856) by the river. Nearby is Lynn’s Alexandra Dock opened in 1869 so 2019 is the 150th anniversary. The final stage of our walk moves southwards through the elegant Georgian King Street and Queen Street which were the hubs of the corn merchants who ruled Victorian Lynn and thus of interest. Their lives are strongly reflected in Thomas Mann’s novel Buddenbrooks set amongst the merchant families of 19th-century Lubeck. We will end where the walk commenced - the Saturday Market Place - where the 1895 extension to the Town Hall can be viewed. Meet at King’s Lynn railway station. The 08.42 train from London Kings Cross arrives at 10.36am but check. £30. Booking required.*




Event code: 1914

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