• Hanse Walks & Talks

    See the Hanse’s influence in the town then hear the history

Event description

Guided walks

King’s Lynn’s rich maritime history and enduring heritage with the German Hanseatic ports is well documented. To help celebrate this the King’s Lynn Town Guides are offering free Hanse guided walks.

Each walk, led by an experienced guide, lasts up to an hour and will provide an enduring insight in to key Hanseatic sites.  These include the Custom House, King Street, the medieval St George’s Guildhall, the Purfleet, Queen Street, Clifton House, with its watchtower and 14th-century undercroft, Thoresby College, the Saturday Market Place, the Holy Trinity Guildhall (the home of Lynn’s Great Guild of merchants), Lynn Minster and the Hanse House itself – the only remaining Hanseatic warehouse in England.


Marriott’s Warehouse Trust will be hosting the History and Archaeology Symposium as follows:

Starting at 2 pm

Historian Neil Wright will give an insightful talk on Medieval Boston.  Author of ‘Boston: A Pictorial History’ Neil has a detailed knowledge of the changing fortunes of the town.

Boston developed after the Norman Conquest to become one of medieval England’s most important ports. It handled the country’s major export, wool. From a wide area and imported cloth and luxury goods, bought by the court and wealthy households at the annual Boston Fair, one of the greatest in England. The town’s prosperity was reflected in the building of the great church of St Botolph’s, still one of the largest in the kingdom.

Starting at 3 pm

A lecture by Robert Kenny on “The Newport Medieval Ship: Why she came to Newport and never left”. The remains of this 15th century vessel were excavated from the river Usk in Newport in 2002. Its fascinating story is told by Rob Kenny whose Friends Group are dedicated to finding a permanent museum for the ship, which will be reassembled. Come and learn more about medieval ships and trade!


Walks – Meet at King’s Lynn Custom House
Talks – Marriott’s Warehouse


Walks – 11:00 and 14:00

Talks – 14:00 and 15:00

All on Saturday, 19 May


Walks – Free.  Please book in advance via King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre

Talks – Free, no booking required

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