Medieval King’s Lynn house to provide backdrop to fundraising garden party

Grampus House Pilot Street King's Lynn 1988

Grampus House Pilot Street King's Lynn 1988 - Credit: Archant

Members of the public are being given the chance to discover one of King's Lynn's little-known medieval houses.

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xxx_Queen Mother visiting Pilot Street_Picture.EDP archives - Credit: Archant

Canon Robert Fayers, who lives in the Grampus House on Pilot Street, is hosting a garden party in support of the town's fisherfolk museum True's Yard's silver jubilee appeal fund.

Guests will have the opportunity to glean a rare insight into the history of the Grampus House, which dates back to the early 15th century.

Despite its proud past however, it once came under threat of the wrecking ball.

Resistance to the demolition of the old North End of the town during the 1970s and 1980s saved True's Yard and historic houses in Pilot Street – the high street of Lynn's ancient fishing quarter.

Many buildings were demolished to make way for wider roads and car parks.

The side of the street which had more newly-built houses was destroyed but local residents protested to stop the older side from suffering the same fate.

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An organisation called the North End Society enlisted the help of national bodies and eventually the row of houses was saved, and restored by the King's Lynn Preservation Trust.

Until the 1920s, the Grampus House was a pub and was once one of 10 on Pilot Street.

Town historian Dr Paul Richards, who will be giving a pub tour on July 8 starting from True's Yard, said: 'The Grampus House was one of the many pubs which used to be in the North End.

'It was seen by people at the time as a bit of a spit and sawdust pub.

'In every district of Lynn there were pubs which were different and had different clientele. Pubs got their own character.

'Pubs were job centres, there were meetings and celebrations held at them. Pubs had all these different sorts of uses.

'They were the community centres of English people. They were so important to society.'

The garden party will be held on July 14 from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are £10 and are available from True's Yard on North Street.

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