Real gold leaf is part of £76,000 Custom House, King's Lynn redecoration
PUBLISHED: 05:59 19 October 2016
A landmark building has received a £76,000 makeover, including a covering of real gold leaf on the gold ball above the cupola.
Scaffolding has been taken down at the Custom House in King’s Lynn, following the revamp to the timberwork on top of the building.
The work, which started in June, included repairs to, and decoration of, the cupola and balustrades.
Elizabeth Nockolds, the borough council’s cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “This part of the Custom House is very exposed to the elements – particularly being so close to the river. It is vital that we carry out regular planned maintenance to preserve this iconic and historically important building.”
Access to the Tourist Information Centre inside the Custom House was unaffected by the works, which were undertaken by Chas D Allflatt, which is the oldest construction company in Norfolk, dating back to 1886. The firm is based in South Everard Street in King’s Lynn.
The Custom House, which is a Grade I-listed building, was described by architect Nikolaus Pevsner, who was an admirer of Lynn in general, as “one of the most perfect buildings ever built”.