King’s Lynn Cus­tom House

EDP Norfolk - - County Life -

Pur­fleet Quay, Lynn

What was it orig­i­nally used for? It was built in 1683 for mer­chants trad­ing goods from around the world. Of­fi­cials col­lected taxes on the top floor. What is it used for now? The Grade One Listed build­ing is the town’s Tourist In­for­ma­tion Of­fice (TIC) and also a key part of the nightly Lynn Lu­miere light shows. It’s spe­cial be­cause... It is a beau­ti­ful build­ing in a prom­i­nent set­ting, de­scribed by the ar­chi­tect Niko­laus Pevs­ner as, “one of the most per­fect build­ings ever built”. How can the pub­lic see it? Walk the lovely King’s Lynn river­front, the TIC is open daily and Lynn Lu­miere lights up the town ev­ery evening. What do you love about work­ing here? As­sis­tant TIC of­fi­cer Karen Cooke says: “When­ever I come into work I’m think­ing and talk­ing about King’s Lynn’s long and won­der­ful his­tory; work­ing in such a beau­ti­ful and lo­cally im­por­tant build­ing as the Cus­tom House is a joy and means I can see and touch that his­tory as well.”

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