Heritage Trail: A toast to Lynn’s wine trade

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Local folk have a chance to join local historian Dr Paul Richards (right) and explore Lynn’s rich trading heritage – with particular emphasis on its wine trade – on Saturday, October 18.

You will gain an insight into Lynn before the coming of the railways – when Lynn was one of the country’s premier ports – a crossroads for national and international trade.

The event will begin at 10am on the 2nd floor of Marriott’s Warehouse on the South Quay with a talk by Dr Richards on the imports and exports which once flowed through Lynn’s port and how this created the town’s built environment. This will be followed by exclusive access to three merchant houses led by Dr Richards.

The guided walk will culminate at 1pm in the wine cellars of Bank House.

As Dr Richards explains: “Ceres is the Goddess of Corn. Bacchus is the God of Wine. Did you know that wine imports and corn exports generated the wealth which built Lynn’s grand Georgian merchant houses? And that Lynn probably imported more wine in the 18th century than most other English ports, save for London and Bristol?”

Places on this morning school will be limited, so booking is essential to avoid disappointment; tickets are £5 each and can be reserved by contacting the Trust on 07582037301 or by email on info@marriottswarehousetrust.co.uk.