The history of King’s Lynn in 100 Objects: No47, August 16, 2016

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This week’s object as part of the 100 objects series is a postcard of the Cross, Green and Pier at Hunstanton produced in 1910. At this time sending postcards became a national craze both here and abroad. People not only sent them to pass on news or write about a holiday, but also simply to add to someone’s collection.

Affectionately known as Sunny Hunny, Hunstanton is renowned for its unique striped cliffs, beautiful sunsets, and plentiful sunshine. This is mentioned by holiday maker Alice on the reverse of the postcard. The message reads ‘Dear Dorothy, I have had a lovely day here today. The best of my holidays. Weather lovely.’

Construction of a fifteen-mile railway line between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton began in the autumn of 1861 and greatly influenced the area. The development of the railway significantly changed how people perceived, and used, their leisure time. Cheap excursions and shorter journey times allowed working class families to enjoy holidays, resulting in seaside resorts like Hunstanton becoming increasingly popular holiday destinations. A third class railway ticket ‘Excursion Hunstanton to Lynn’ from this period can be viewed at Lynn Museum.

The pier, pictured, has an impressive history, once housing a roller-skating centre and a small zoo! After World War II, the pier was also home to a steam railway, running the length of the pier. Sadly, in 1978 storms destroyed most of the pier. Today, a new arcade and bowling alley complex occupies the site.

Hunstanton retains many of its Victorian charms and characteristics to this day, remaining a popular destination for visitors of all ages. Will you be visiting this summer? Don’t forget to send a postcard to a friend!