Kings Lynn market town west Norfolk - Katey Jane Photography



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Visit Norfolk for old customs house King's Lynn Norfolk UK black and white framed photography.

King's Lynn is my nearest large town and we often avoid our own town of Wisbech due to how run down the town is itself but with Lynn holding many 15th centre buildings it's a great place to visit just for photography and on such a grim day it lends it'self for great moody B&W images, I'm big into trying to get a feel of age and keeping modern out which is an art-form on its own now days.

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.