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The Greenland Fishery History

The house was built in 1605 by John Aitken, merchant and four times Mayor of Lynn. In 1660 his grandson Thomas Aitken ‘of London’ sold it. It seems that at an early stage the house was divided into two, the southern portion became a public house – The Fisherman’s Arms’ or The Waterman’s Arms’. By 1796 it had been renamed ‘The Greenland Fishery’ … The rest is – history.

“Royal Yards aloft…”
4 months ago

“Royal Yards aloft…”

On the return to Lynn of a large Whaler, after an Arctic voyage From The Lynn Advertiser, 1872

As is generally known, in that day (c.1820) there were what were …
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Lost Boats found in Boal Quay
6 months ago

Lost Boats found in Boal Quay

it’s a map

Boal Quay is formed of a loop in the River Nar, a tributary off the River Great Ouse, on the south side of King’s Lynn in …
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A whale, lost in Lynn, 1842
7 months ago

A whale, lost in Lynn, 1842

“… an enormous whale, which had apparently fallen asleep…”

An anonymous account of a whale in King’s Lynn’s water

LynnWhale-Story-1867

Port of Kings Lynn 11th April 1867 Some …
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Notes on the Arctic Whale-Fishery from Yarmouth and Lynn
7 months ago

Notes on the Arctic Whale-Fishery from Yarmouth and Lynn

Thomas Southwell FZS V-P

From Norfolk & Norwich Naturalists’ Society, 1908

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Aitkin…  A Jacobean family affair
7 months ago

Aitkin… A Jacobean family affair

William Atkin, Mayor of King’s Lynn. Image: Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

John Atkin’s name is on a blue plaque outside the Greenland Fishery …
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Steve Worfolk’s map of ‘The Friars’ c1905

Steve Worfolk’s map of The Friar’s 1905

Drawn in 2001, shows the river Nar and it’s environs, as it probably was, with his family’s boat yard, the Blubber House and …
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Tempus  greenland piscaria
1 year ago

Tempus greenland piscaria

From Jacobean Mayoral House, to 21st century Heritage Home…

Through many families, the Greenland Fishery House has seen lives of Jacobean wealth, 18th century sailors, survived World Wars, the brink …
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King’s Lynn timeline

With thanks to King’s Lynn Online

1000 to 1499

  • 1086 – First mention of Lynn in Domesday Book.
  • 1101 – St Margaret’s Church founded.
  • 1204 – …
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Witches’ marks at The Greenland Fishery

The marks above the fireplace in the south part of the Greenland Fishery are very distinct and look like simple graffiti, or maybe carpenter’s marks. But it’s been suggested they …
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Whaling
4 years ago

Whaling

Whales have been hunted by humans since prehistoric times; for meat, fuel, and all sorts of other products.

 

Maritime industries have played a key part of King’s Lynn’s history …
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