Free guided walks of King’s Lynn’s Hanseatic heritage

The Pilot Cutter with the Eems Servant on the River Ouse, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Pilot Cutter with the Eems Servant on the River Ouse, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Town guides in King's Lynn will play an important part in this year's celebration of the port's rich maritime history and its links to other Hanseatic towns and cities.

There will be four free Hanse guided walks in May and July, with each one lasting up to an hour, and giving an insight into key Hanseatic sites including the Custom House, the Holy Trinity Guildhall, which was the home of Lynn's guild of merchants, Lynn Minster, the Purfleet and the Hanse House itself, the only remaining Hanseatic warehouse in England.

The original mediaeval Hanseatic League, which comprised a group of towns around the Baltic and the North Sea, was an influential trading association and was very much a part of the town's development and historic past.

A spokesman for the Marriott's Warehouse Trust said the guided walks will coincide with this year's International Hanse Day in Lynn, on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, which includes a business convention, and will be a grand two-day event marking the 10th anniversary of the town's membership in the New Hanse League.

A spokesman for the trust said: 'The walks, on May 16 (11am), May 17 (2pm), Sunday, July 12 (2pm), and Saturday, July 25 (2pm), are bound to be very popular and will be led by experienced guides.

'There will also be a longer guided walk on Monday, July 20 (7pm) entitled Hanseatic Lynn led by Dr Paul Richards, which is one of the Monday evening walks organised by the town guides in June and July. These Monday evening walks are part of the guide's regular programme which is by paid ticket only.'

For further information contact the Tourist Information Centre at the Custom House on 01553 763044.

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