Marriott’s Warehouse fire – just as Trust reveals 2014 programme for King’s Lynn

Marriott's Warehouse trustees.
Marriott's Warehouse trustees.
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Fire yesterday damaged Marriott’s Warehouse, on the South Quay in Lynn – just 24 hours after a busy programme of events there was revealed.

One of the trustees, Gill Austen, said: “Hopefully the fire won’t have caused too much damage to the building.”

Marriott's Warehouse trustees - Dr Paul Richards in the first floor exhibition space with seating for river views.

Marriott's Warehouse trustees - Dr Paul Richards in the first floor exhibition space with seating for river views.

Built in the 1580s to store salt, corn and wine, it is now a Grade II listed building and run by the Marriott’s Warehouse Trust with the aim to tell the story of King’s Lynn’s historic buildings.

The Trust released its provisional 2014 programme of events on Wednesday. It started with the current Warehouse Wisdom lecture series which was due to continue on Thursday, February 13 at 7pm with ‘English Heritage and the management of change in Historic Wash Ports’ by David Grech of English Heritage.

The next Pleasant Sunday Afternoon talk, ‘Richard Young of Wisbech, Victorian ship-owner and politician’ by Roger Powell, is scheduled for 3pm on Sunday, February 23.

For further details of these lecture series visit the Trust’s website at

From April 25-27 the Trust plans to run a Day School: The Wash Ports and the coming of the Railways. In conjunction with the town’s Hanse Day celebrations a Historic Warehouse Walk will start at 28-32 King Street at 11am on Saturday, May 17, and conclude at the Hanse House.

As part of the King’s Lynn Festival, Marriott’s Warehouse will be the venue for the festival lecture celebrating the bicentenary of the Burney family at 3pm on Saturday, July 19.

The Burney family lived in Lynn from 1751 to 1760, during which time Fanny Burney, the famous diarist and novelist, was born.

The Burney Society Lecture will be given by the renowned expert Peter Sabor and tickets will be available through the Corn Exchange.

Following the success of Gareth Calway’s play ‘Tom and Harry’ in November, the Trust is planning to host a performance of ‘The Life of Margery Kempe’ on August 2 and, in September, ‘Cromwell’s Talking Head’.

Margery Kempe, a colourful character from 14th and 15th century Lynn is credited with dictating the first autobiography in the English language, while Oliver Cromwell participated in the three week Parliamentarian siege of Lynn in 1643.

Trust chairman Dr Paul Richards hopes the 2014 programme will stimulate more interest in Lynn’s exceptional heritage – its river, trade, buildings and people.

He says: “Our Tudor warehouse on the South Quay is an excellent venue to begin exploring this heritage with a restaurant run independently on the first floor, too.

“Please see our website for the spring talks programme and other activities in 2014.”

The Marriott’s Warehouse Trust is also seeking to contact people who worked at the warehouse or on the South Quay to create an archive of oral or written stories and experiences.

Anyone wishing to contribute can contact the trust via email at Alternatively reminisces in writing about the area would be gratefully received and should be addressed to Gill Austen at Marriott’s Warehouse Trust, South Quay, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5DT.