Left, Canon Robert Fayers, Town Guides chairman Doreen Leventhall, Dr Paul Richards and deputy mayor Lesley Bambridge at the unveiling ceremony. Picture: Ian Burt

A new interpretation board has been unveiled giving details of an historic area of King’s Lynn.

West Norfolk Deputy Mayor Lesley Bambridge unveiled the information point on Wednesday at the Greenland Fishery.

The board gives details of how the Old South Lynn – the area, from south of the Millfleet to the South Gate – was a separate community and distinct from Lynn until 1555.

Its parish church, All Saints’, is also the oldest in the town, pre-dating the Minster (St Margaret’s Church).

Project co-ordinator Canon Robert Fayers said: “A small group of local residents and others with links to the Friars area, together with a borough councillor, have researched the history of the Old South Lynn with the aim of creating an interpretation board that celebrates its buildings, present and past.”  

He said the group was also grateful to historian Dr Paul Richards for his help. 

“The group is grateful to the King’s Lynn Preservation Trust for allowing the board to be placed on the car park wall of the Greenland Fishery – facing the Millfleet – and especially to those organisations who have generously contributed towards the cost of the board and its design: the King’s Lynn Town Guides, King’s Lynn Civic Society, St Margaret’s with St Nicholas Ward Forum, Audrey Stratford Charitable Trust, and West Norfolk Council’s Open Spaces Fund,” he said.

People can learn more about the history behind the area’s streets, buildings and churches, details about the area itself before it merged with Lynn, how it has changed over the years and how the population has grown.