Historic King’s Lynn building up for sale but add your own door

Roger Gawn owns the Custom House and 1 King Street. ENGANL00120130226131820
Roger Gawn owns the Custom House and 1 King Street. ENGANL00120130226131820

Part of an historic building in Lynn is now on the market - but the new owners will have to add their own door.

For many years Purfleet House has become an eyesore on the on the town’s historic quayside with its boarded up windows but now owner Roger Gawn has put the middle section of the Grade II listed building up for sale.

But there is no access to this section of the building, which is on the market for £199,950.

Any alterations to the building would require a planning consent from West Norfolk Council. It is a criminal offence to carry out work on a listed building without consent.

Last year Mr Gawn told the Lynn News of his hopes to create a small museum in the building.

The news has been welcomed by Lynn Civic Society, who have been calling on Mr Gawn to sell the site for many years.

Chairman Alison Gifford said: “It is good to see that Mr Gawn has decided to sell Purfleet House. At the moment I’m puzzled as to how this central part of the building will be accessed.

“Anything that brings life into that part of the town is to be welcomed. Selling it is the best way forward. Retention in Roger Gawn’s hands is not.

“It is a good thing that he has realised that the only way to have that building contribute to the life of the town is to have it lived in.”

Owners of the Bank House Hotel, which is opposite the building, Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich are looking forward to seeing the building improved.

Mr Goodrich said: “It is a shame that one of the key buildings has been boarded up all that time. We are really pleased at the prospect that someone will do something positive with that building.”

One of the owners of Marriot’s Warehouse, Malcolm Catlin has also welcomed the development.

He said: “It is a good thing for one of the most attractive parts of the waterfront.”

The news has been welcomed by West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney.

He said: “This is a positive step for the area.”

Last year Mr Gawn said he would like to see a small museum in Purfleet House focusing on the history of optics and their significance to shipping over the centuries with a three masted boat on the Outer Purfleet.