New plans for Charnel Chapel in King’s Lynn

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Boards giving information on a long demolished chapel will be added into the new layout for Lynn’s Saturday Market Place.

The remains of the charnel chapel, which was demolished around 200 years ago, were uncovered by workmen completing a £500,000 facelift of the historic market place.

Although the remains will be re-buried, West Norfolk Council will be adding interpretation boards about the chapel along with marking the footprint of the buried remains onto new surfaces.

Based on advice from Norfolk County Council’s Historic Environment Service and Professor Warwick Rodwell, this approach will ensure the remains are preserved in a stable environment.

Alistair Beales, cabinet member for regeneration and commercial assets, said: “This has been an exciting find, which has generated a lot of local interest, and I am delighted that we have been able to find a solution that will mean the remains are protected and perserved for future generations, but that will mean people can still learn about them and see where they were located in relation to Lynn Minster.

“The remains are another interesting aspect of Lynn’s rich heritage.”

The chapel’s remains will be reburied once every detail has been recorded. A report will be prepared and an interpretation panel created showing photographs of the buried remains and a drawing of the building, along with its history and a plan showing the footprint of the structure.

The outline of the charnel chapel walls will be cut into the York stone.

Studs will also be placed in the surfacing to mark the outline of the chapel.

Further work is to be done, using the site survey plans, to draw up a footprint that is as realistic as possible, avoiding the need to carry out further excavation work.

The original plans for the layout will also be amended to increase the area of York stone, so that more of the chapel footprint will be included.

The road closure is being extended to the end of November as a result of the delays in the delivery of the York stone.

As many car parking spaces will be made available as possible at that time, but some works will be delayed further whilst the chapel remains are reburied and to finish off the works in that area.

Cllr Beales added: “We have done everything we can to get this project completed on time, but unfortunately we have been let down as a result of the high demand across the country for York stone.

“We have no option but to extend the road closure whilst works to the road are completed.

“We would urge people to continue to support businesses in that area of town at this crucial time.

“We know how inconvenient it is, but hope that the future benefits of this project will outweigh the inconvenience being experienced at the moment.”

Earlier this year the council secured £3 million of Heritage Lottery Funding to restore Lynn Town Hall along with improving and renovating some of the buildings in the St Margaret’s Conservation area, which includes St James’ Street and Tower Street.