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Bird's eye view of King's Lynn half a century or more ago

PUBLISHED: 16:05 14 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:36 15 May 2017

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

A poignant view of pre-development King's Lynn in 1959. To the left is the cattle market (now Sainsbury's car park-1996) and the old Broad Street leads off to the Post Office. The tree-lined New Conduit Street leads to the distinctive 1930s facade of Burton's. And behind the shopping streets is a cluster of warehouses and yards.

Dated  1 September 1959

Photograph  C5963
Eastern Daily Press  Images of King's Lynn published 1996  - chapter The View From The Top, 126

King's Lynn - Aerial Views A poignant view of pre-development King's Lynn in 1959. To the left is the cattle market (now Sainsbury's car park-1996) and the old Broad Street leads off to the Post Office. The tree-lined New Conduit Street leads to the distinctive 1930s facade of Burton's. And behind the shopping streets is a cluster of warehouses and yards. Dated 1 September 1959 Photograph C5963 Eastern Daily Press Images of King's Lynn published 1996 - chapter The View From The Top, 126

The docks, waterfront, town centre and town's hinterland were all captured on film in the 1950, 60s and 70s.

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

Aerial view of King's Lynn including the Custom House in the centre of the picture.

Dated  1994 ?

Photograph  C6643King's Lynn - Aerial Views Aerial view of King's Lynn including the Custom House in the centre of the picture. Dated 1994 ? Photograph C6643

Grainy black and white images show boats still using the Purfleet, which was open to the tides.

The picture was taken from the top of the grain silo which once stood on Common Staithe Quay.

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

A darkening sky gives a suitably dramatic air to this view over King's Lynn looking west from the top of the newly completed main block at Norfolk College of Arts and Technology. In the foreground Highgate, while on the horizon the Saddlebow beet sugar factory, Paul's mill on the Boal Quay and St Margaret's Church dominate the skyline.

Dated  1973

Photograph  C5772
Eastern Daily Press  Images of King's Lynn published 1996  - chapter The View From The Top, page 131King's Lynn - Aerial Views A darkening sky gives a suitably dramatic air to this view over King's Lynn looking west from the top of the newly completed main block at Norfolk College of Arts and Technology. In the foreground Highgate, while on the horizon the Saddlebow beet sugar factory, Paul's mill on the Boal Quay and St Margaret's Church dominate the skyline. Dated 1973 Photograph C5772 Eastern Daily Press Images of King's Lynn published 1996 - chapter The View From The Top, page 131

Even 1970s camera equipment and film were capable of catching the amazing light as sun broke through a rain squall producing “Jacob’s ladders”.

The picture looks south over the town from what is now the college of West Anglia - with Lynn Minster’s twin towers visible in the distance.

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

A 1959 photograph of King's Lynn Alexandra Dock. The timber trade which is still a large part of the ports trade is much in evidence here, as is the once-extensive network of rail sidings.

Dated  15 September 1959

Photograph  C5774
Eastern Daily Press  Images of King's Lynn published 1996  - chapter The View From The Top,
page 132-133King's Lynn - Aerial Views A 1959 photograph of King's Lynn Alexandra Dock. The timber trade which is still a large part of the ports trade is much in evidence here, as is the once-extensive network of rail sidings. Dated 15 September 1959 Photograph C5774 Eastern Daily Press Images of King's Lynn published 1996 - chapter The View From The Top, page 132-133

Alexandra Dock bustles with shipping in this aerial view of the Port of Lynn in 1960.

The docks had their own branch line, along which most freight then travelled.

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views Events  -  Remembrance Day Events  The view from the parapet of Greyfriars Tower, during the wreath-laying Remembrance Day ceremony at King's Lynn war memorial.  Dated  1978  Photograph  C5775 Eastern Daily Press  Images of King's Lynn published 1996  - chapter The View From The Top, page 134 FOA Nov 2014King's Lynn - Aerial Views Events - Remembrance Day Events The view from the parapet of Greyfriars Tower, during the wreath-laying Remembrance Day ceremony at King's Lynn war memorial. Dated 1978 Photograph C5775 Eastern Daily Press Images of King's Lynn published 1996 - chapter The View From The Top, page 134 FOA Nov 2014

A parade in Tower Gardens was captured from the nearby St Nicholas Tower in 1978.

A figure laying a wreath suggests the occasion is Remembrance Day - still marked by parades today.

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

A view of King's Lynn Town Hall from St. Margaret's Church tower, the curve of Queen Street and the River Ouse can be seen in the background.

Dated  December 1978

Photograph  C6632King's Lynn - Aerial Views A view of King's Lynn Town Hall from St. Margaret's Church tower, the curve of Queen Street and the River Ouse can be seen in the background. Dated December 1978 Photograph C6632

The Town Hall and Saturday Market Place, seen from the minster, are little changed.

But the skyline of the town is less cluttered now silos have been removed and granaries converted into homes.

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

Looking south from the Norfolk College main block over the Walks. In the middle of the picture is the former King's Lynn maltings ( now converted into flats ) and beyond the Walks the tower at Campbell's can be seen.

Dated  July 1973

Photograph  C5771
Eastern Daily Press  Images of King's Lynn published 1996  - chapter The View From The Top, page 130King's Lynn - Aerial Views Looking south from the Norfolk College main block over the Walks. In the middle of the picture is the former King's Lynn maltings ( now converted into flats ) and beyond the Walks the tower at Campbell's can be seen. Dated July 1973 Photograph C5771 Eastern Daily Press Images of King's Lynn published 1996 - chapter The View From The Top, page 130

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

Aerial view of King's Lynn including the New Coduit Street car park (spiral ramp) and the Custom House next to the road bridge ( bottom right of the picture).

Dated  May 1971

Photograph  C6637King's Lynn - Aerial Views Aerial view of King's Lynn including the New Coduit Street car park (spiral ramp) and the Custom House next to the road bridge ( bottom right of the picture). Dated May 1971 Photograph C6637

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

Aerial view of King's Lynn. 

Dated  1 September 1959

Photograph  C6638King's Lynn - Aerial Views Aerial view of King's Lynn. Dated 1 September 1959 Photograph C6638

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

A view of King's Lynn from the top of the gantry at the South Quay grain silos. In the foreground are the steeply sloping roofs and enclosed courtyards of Hampton Court. Behind Hampton Court are the two towers of St. Margaret's Church. In the distance is the single spire of St. Nicholas Chapel and between the two churches can be seen the arched window of the Town Hall.
Dated  ?  published Evening News  21 August 1974

Photograph  C6639King's Lynn - Aerial Views A view of King's Lynn from the top of the gantry at the South Quay grain silos. In the foreground are the steeply sloping roofs and enclosed courtyards of Hampton Court. Behind Hampton Court are the two towers of St. Margaret's Church. In the distance is the single spire of St. Nicholas Chapel and between the two churches can be seen the arched window of the Town Hall. Dated ? published Evening News 21 August 1974 Photograph C6639

King's Lynn  -  Aerial Views

Aerial view of King's Lynn from the South Quay.

Dated  ?     published EDP  29 December 1987

Photograph  C6641King's Lynn - Aerial Views Aerial view of King's Lynn from the South Quay. Dated ? published EDP 29 December 1987 Photograph C6641

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