History of Lynn in 100 Objects from Lynn Museum: No14

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The Lynn Museum has a rich collection of items relating to working life in Lynn and this week’s object comes from a local shop.

The Taylors seed merchants was one of the oldest family businesses in Lynn, with four generations of Taylor working in the shop.

It was established in 1770 in Purfleet Street by John Marshall, where 14-year-old John Taylor began working as an apprentice in 1830. John Taylor took over when John Marshall died in 1846 and moved the shop to 142 Norfolk Street (now the site of a toy shop), where it remained until it closed.

This lawn grass seed carton is an example of one of the many types of seed that the shop stocked, which were listed in seasonal catalogues. By 1980, the shop sold 600 varieties of seed!

The Taylors donated many items to the museum after the shop closed in 1982.

Robert Taylor’s twin sons, James and Robert (who were usually known as simply Jim and Bob), revived the family business as a door-to-door service four years later.

You can see this seed packet proclaiming “Finest Grass Seed” – fit for both bowls and croquet – and other objects from Taylors on display in the Working Life section of the main gallery.

Also, visitors are welcome to come to the museum during the school half-term (Saturday, May 23 to Saturday, May 30) to do the Spring Family Trail on the seed merchants.

Match Mr Taylor’s customers’ orders to the seeds to win a prize!

The trail is free with museum admission.