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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.

Notes on the Arctic Whale-Fishery from Yarmouth and Lynn
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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
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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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“The town bells were rung…”
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“The town bells were rung…”

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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Tempus  greenland piscaria
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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
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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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The History
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The History

Origins

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 …
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The Tavern
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The Tavern

The Greenland Fishery was a Public House for some 250 years – probably from 1660’s until the early 1900’s.

FROM KLF

I think it was called the WATERMAN’S …
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