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King's Lynn Art Centre, King Street, King's Lynn - The Property of the National Trust sign

I saw these green plaques on King Street in King's Lynn. I took the plaques, then I took the building to go with it, I ignored the buildings without green plaques.


This is the King's Lynn Art Centre, the building is a property of the National Trust.


I think that this is also 29 King Street.


This building looks like a chapel.


A sign saying that it is the property of the National Trust.


29 King Street is Grade II listed.


It's possible that this is the former Guildhall of St George, which is Grade I listed (says it is owned by the National Trust).


Guildhall for the Guild of St George, now a theatre and

restaurant. Founded 1376, granted charter 1406, constructed

1410-1420. Various theatre and warehouse functions from mid

C16, restored 1948-51 by Marshall Sisson and passed to The

National Trust.

Brick with ashlar dressings and plaintile roof. Rectangular

range running west with the gable-end to the road.

2 storeys. Facade has one 4-centred doorway right and left

with hood moulds on label stops, the arches and jambs

double-chamfered with a hollow separating the chamfers. The

doors are 1949. Between them is a blocked doorway now used a a

display case. Above is a 6-light double-transomed panel

tracery window with arches to the upper transom lights and the

window head, all much restored. Gabled roof. Facade closed to

either side by polygonal corner turrets stepping up to the

eaves, now encased by adjoining buildings, that to the south

virtually disappeared.

North and south flanking walls supported on stepped

buttresses, those to the north repaired in C18 and C19, those

to the south repaired C20. Pedestrian arches cut through both

sets, the northern ones allowed a town drain to flow alongside

the hall.

On the north side the 2-light mullioned brick windows lighting

the warehouse undercroft remain, one between each buttresss,

but to the south they have been largely obliterated by later

alterations and new building. Four 3-light transomed windows

to north side at first floor level, one between each buttress,

with arched lights: these light the great hall. The eastern

bay is lit through a 3-light mullioned window, c1950.

The south side retains 2 similar transomed windows and has

various C20 fire escape doors, stairs and other impedimenta.

The western gable head has additions of 1948 at first floor

level, and earlier buildings abut the ground floor.

INTERIOR. Internal disposition comprises a passageway to the

south running the whole length of the building, entered from

the corresponding doorway in the facade.

The other doorway opens into the C20 foyer and leads to a

flight of steps on the north side descending into the

undercroft, now a restaurant. Against the east wall of the

foyer is a C20 staircase in C17 style rising to the great hall


The south passage has various doorways cut through the brick

wall to the north side serving the undercroft and rehearsal

rooms to the west end, all of post C16 date. On its south side

are C20 toilet facilities which have blocked mullioned windows

formerly lighting the passage. The original function of the

passage was to provide accesss to the rear and the river.

Heavy bridging beams support very wide floorboards, some of

the beams shaved to increase headroom.

The foyer has C20 detailing except for a wave-moulded bridging

beam running north-south and 2 chamfered bridging beams

running east-west, set higher up. The undercroft originally

had a flat timber ceiling supported on heavy bridging beams,

part of which exists to the east end. This replaced in early

C18 with a brick elliptical vault.

The guildhall on the first floor is now ramped up at the east

end and fitted with seating. Multiple-roll moulded wall plates

supporting ashlaring and a scissor-braced roof of 61 trusses.

The external buttresses removed the need for tie-beams and


This is said to be the largest complete medieval guildhall in

England. Scheduled Ancient Monument.


Guildhall of St George, King's Lynn - Heritage Gateway

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Taken on April 24, 2010