Doors of King’s Lynn landmark to reopen
One of the most recognisable buildings in Lynn is reopening its doors to visitors every Wednesday and Saturday, thanks to a group of enthusiastic volunteers.
Once praised by Prince Charles as "the finest building in England", the 17th-century building overlooks the Purfleet.
Now, thanks to King’s Lynn Civic Society working with the borough council, the building will open again, from 10am-3pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting tomorrow (Wedensday).
The Custom House previously housed the tourist information centre. That was moved to the Stories of Lynn in the town hall up the road when renovation works first took place two years ago.
Alison Gifford, chairwoman of King’s Lynn Civic Society, said: “Around 10 of our volunteers are making sure that residents and visitors to the area can once again enjoy coming and exploring inside this landmark building.
“On the ground floor visitors will see an exhibition about the Civic Society and our contribution to the town. You can see aspects of planning and the heritage action zone.
“Upstairs there are details about the Custom House and Henry Bell who built it in 1683 as a merchants’ exchange. Some of the history of Margery Kempe, a local figure from history with an international reputation. There are also pictures from local artist Emily Chapman being displayed.
“We plan to open the building every Wednesday and Saturday from now until Heritage Open Day on September 12.
"This is a chance for people to discover that the King’s Lynn Civic Society is much more than meetings and talks, we enjoy doing practical activities that invite others to enjoy the rich heritage of our town.”
Elizabeth Nockolds, heritage and culture champion at West Norfolk Council said: “I’m delighted to see the doors of the Custom House building open again. I would encourage people to go and explore this iconic building and I thank Alison and the Civic Society for volunteering to open it up to the public.”