King’s Lynn Marriott’s Warehouse Trust Relaunches Historic Building Model Exhibit September 28


The trustees of Lynn’s Marriott’s Warehouse are relaunching their exhibit of historic Lynn building models on Wednesday, September 28 at 6 p.m.

The warehouse is located on the south quay, was built in the 1580s to store salt, corn and wine, and is now a 2* listed building. It is operated by Marriott’s Warehouse Trust, whose mission is to promote public interest and education in the city’s historic built environment, particularly its merchant houses and warehouses.

Created by retired local carpenter Fred Hall, these 15 models show many of the city’s finest buildings as they would have appeared when new. This includes Red Mount Chapel and the Town Hall (originally Trinity Guildhall). Through painstaking research, Fred was also able to recreate some buildings that have tragically not survived the passage of time, such as Market Cross and Walter Coney’s house.

Marriott’s Warehouse on Lynn’s South Quay.

The Trust’s relaunch of the model exhibition sees the addition of two of Fred Hall’s latest designs, the oldest church in the town, All Saints, and the large crane that once stood on the Common Staithe.

The latter, operated by men in a cogwheel, is visible on representations of the city dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. This includes a perspective of Lynn from the West by Henry Bell, the architect of the Custom House (a model of which is also on display).

The free exhibition is accompanied by interpretive panels that briefly retrace the history of each of the buildings and by a brochure accessible for donation that explores them in more depth. It also includes a piece from the creator of the models revealing the impressive number of hours he spent creating each model on display. The Marriott’s Warehouse model itself took 200 hours to complete.

Local trustee and historian Dr Paul Richards said, “We believe our exhibit will continue to raise awareness and appreciation of Lynn’s outstanding historic buildings and their significance for today and tomorrow.”

The exhibition is open daily on the first floor and is free to view. An independently operated licensed restaurant is located on the ground floor.

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