Heritage Open Day 2: King Street

The second post in my series devoted to Heritage Open Day – this one covers King Street, starting from the Tuesday Market Place end and finishing at the Custom House.

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INTRODUCTION

This is the second post in my Heritage Open Day series, and takes in King Street, virtually every building alon which had opened its doors for the occasion.

BEHIND THE ARTS CENTRE

There was some remarkable stuff on display between King Street and the river, accessible from two directions.

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Rachael, one of my companions for the day looking closely at this curio.
Rachael, one of my companions for the day looking closely at this curio.

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WHEN TWO BECAME ONE

The premises of Kenneth Bush solicitors does indeed consist of two buildings that were joined together to become one. It also had fine garden, in which stall selling homemade cakes and biscuits.

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A CONCEALED TREASURE

When you first appoach them, the premises of Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar don’t look like they are going to be massively impressive, but you soon discover that on the inside you are looking at a Norman building…

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The attic, not accessible, but those beams are very impressive from below.
The attic, not accessible, but those beams are very impressive from below.

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This mirror was working rather  too effectively - you get the photographer as well the photograph!
This mirror was working rather too effectively – you get the photographer as well the photograph!
This view is not pretty - I include only because it is Baker Lane car park, and just out of sight to the top right as you look is a set of iron stairs which lead up to an intermediate level outside space up from which a spiral iron staircase leads to my own outside space.
This view is not pretty – I include only because it is Baker Lane car park, and just out of sight to the top right as you look is a set of iron stairs which lead up to an intermediate level outside space up from which a spiral iron staircase leads to my own outside space.

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INSIDE THE ICON

The ground floor of the Custom House serves as King’s Lynn’s principal tourist information office, but beyond that there is a mini museum, which was accessible that day, and as our next planned activity was watching a Napoleonic era militia in action nearby we decided to have a look to fill the last few moments before that started. Custom House marks the end of King Street, after crossing the lower Purfleet the road bifurcates, one fork becoming King Staithe Square and then the quayside and the other Queen Street which feeds in to the Saturday Market Place. Here are some final pics from the Custom House…

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I had to darken this considerably to get the text to stand out.
I had to darken this considerably to get the text to stand out.

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It isn't only Lord's that has a Long Room! (I concede that this one is not quite so impressive as theirs!)
It isn’t only Lord’s that has a Long Room! (I concede that this one is not quite so impressive as theirs!)

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Walter Dexter's painting of the Custom House in his day. Later for comparison there is a photograph taken by me on September 6th 2015.
Walter Dexter’s painting of the Custom House in his day. Later for comparison there is a photograph taken by me on September 6th 2015.

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Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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