Kings Lynn market town west Norfolk - Katey Jane Photography



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Old customs house King's Lynn Norfolk & Purfleet quay UK Norfolk towns.

Rainy day mono, wanted to photograph the mood of the town on a dull old spring day, for me the weather conditions just odds to the style of shot I'm looking for.

The King's Lynn Custom House (52.7538°N 0.3935°E) is one of the town's most iconic landmarks. It was designed by architect Henry Bell and built by Sir John Turner in 1683. It was not the first Custom House built for the town – originally one was constructed in 1620 on the site where the Hogge Mansion is currently located (currently occupied by Barclay's Bank); however, this was too small and as a result a larger one was needed; St George's Guildhall was used in the intervening years.

Initially, Customs only occupied the top floor and the ground floor was used by merchants for trading; however, merchants were unhappy that they were so far from the Tuesday Market Place, and by 1717 Customs occupied the entire building. It now houses the town's Tourist Information Office.

The building was described by architect Nikolaus Pevsner as "one of the most perfect buildings ever built". He was an admirer of King's Lynn in general, also commenting that the walk from the Tuesday Market Place to the River (by the Custom House) was one of the finest in the world.