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10 must dos at this years Heritage Open Day

PUBLISHED: 10:50 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:58 11 September 2018

King's Lynn Library. Photo: Matthew Usher.

King's Lynn Library. Photo: Matthew Usher.

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More than 60 historical sites will be open for free in King’s Lynn this weekdend for Heritage Open Day - some of which are opening their doors for the first time.

Old photos of King's Lynn including South Gate: Pictures submittedOld photos of King's Lynn including South Gate: Pictures submitted

With new sites to explore and a free bus service to ensure you don’t miss a thing, here are the 10 must dos.

1- The South Gate

This 15C building has interactive elements, displays of replica furniture and food. Upstairs is a spacious room with a fireplace, privy hole and gun ports.

2- The Hardwick Cemetery

Hardwick Cemetery in King's Lynn. Photo: Matthew Usher.Hardwick Cemetery in King's Lynn. Photo: Matthew Usher.

This fine Victorian cemetery opened in 1856. Some of the most noteworthy locals are buried here, Frederick Savage for example. A guided walk takes place at 2.30pm.

3- The Library

An opportunity to see books and archives not normally available for public viewing, also some parts of the building itself, normally closed to the public, will be unlocked for viewing.

4- Phoenix Medieval Re-enactors

King Edward VII School opens it's doors for the first time for Heritage DayKing Edward VII School opens it's doors for the first time for Heritage Day

A spectacular day of medieval military life. With canon fire, archery, picnics, projectiles and hand-to-hand combat.

5- The Red Mount Chapel

This 15C building was a wayside chapel for pilgrims on their way to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Visitors can explore the lower chapel, priest room and upper chapel, where they will find graffiti dating back to 1639.

6- Evershed House

Bishops of Chapel St joining Heritage Open Day. Photo: Ian BurtBishops of Chapel St joining Heritage Open Day. Photo: Ian Burt

This former merchant’s house dates from the late 17th century, and is opening up for the first time this year. During the early 17C there were malthouses, brew-houses, warehousing and stables behind the main building, extending along Ferry Lane to the river.

7- The Guildhall of St. George

Built in 1410, it is the largest surviving guildhall in England and probably the building with the most continuous use for drama in the country from Shakespeare to the present day.

8- World War II Air Raid Shelters

Step back to wartime Lynn and experience the air raid shelters found beneath the Tuesday Market Place

9- Bishops of Chapel Street (formerly The Lattice House)

Another new addition this year, the house was built in 1480 and boasts of original window frames and wall paintings.

10 - King Edward VII Academy

Originally founded in 1510, the school is also joining the line up for the first time. The former Grammar School has served as a landmark and has welcomed Monarchs and royal visitors on many occasions.

For more information visit www.kingslynncivicsociety.co.uk

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