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Discover Downham Heritage Centre hears tales of library and Zeppelins

The Discover Downham Heritage Centre is run by the Downham Market and District Heritage Society and was formed to promote interest in the historical heritage of Downham and its surrounding villages.

Talks and lectures are regularly given at the Centre and Kevin Hitchcock of Lynn Library recently gave a fascinating talk on the not widely known history and background to the WW1 Lynn Library tower, used as an observation point checking for Zeppelin activity.

While manning the tower soldiers etched their names into the brick work, leaving indelible marks that remain to this day.

Kevin Hitchcock (7440236)
Kevin Hitchcock (7440236)

Tracing these soldiers, who came from all over the country (including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire), has provided an insight into a little-known episode of Lynn’s history, and their fates are a reminder of the indiscriminate nature of the war.

What was an act of vandalism just over 100 years ago now links the Library to the battle fields of Flanders and is a poignant memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This well received talk created much interest and covered the stories of those men, their time in Lynn and then the horror of the trenches.

All present enjoyed the interesting and engaging occasion. For further information on events visit the Discover Downham Heritage website or contact: info@discoverdownham.org.ukAndy Tyler

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