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A Grade II* Listed Building in King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7522 / 52°45'7"N

Longitude: 0.3949 / 0°23'41"E

OS Eastings: 561729

OS Northings: 319860

OS Grid: TF617198

Mapcode National: GBR N3Q.JN2

Mapcode Global: WHJP7.12BY

Entry Name: Gaolhouse

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Last Amended: 26 July 1993

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195399

English Heritage Legacy ID: 384316

Location: King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE30

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Town: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Electoral Ward/Division: St Margarets with St Nicholas

Built-Up Area: King's Lynn

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

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Listing Text


610-1/9/198 (North side)
01/12/51 Gaolhouse
(Formerly Listed as:


Courthouse and prison, now offices and exhibition centre. 1784
by William Tuck. Gault brick with ashlar dressings. Plain
tiled roof. 3 storeys in 5 bays. Rusticated quoins and string
courses between each floor. Central rusticated field rising
into first floor to terminate in an open pediment: arched
doorway to ground floor below a recessed panel containing iron
shackles and chains. Under pediment is a barred lunette. This
grille pattern repeated in fanlight of the panelled door.
Fenestration of sashes with glazing bars and gauged skewback
arches. Low parapet with a stone achievement bearing a sundial
arm. Gabled roof with internal gable-end stacks. INTERIOR.
Prison yard to rear entered through an iron-clad lattice door
with original fittings. Rectangular yard enclosed by high
walls of surrounding buildings now contains brick cell block
of 1937. Within west and north walls of court are four C18
cells. Round-headed brick openings contain iron-clad timber
doors flanked by shuttered iron lattice grilles. 3 western
cells have groin-vaulted interiors, northern one has flat
brick ceiling.

Listing NGR: TF6172919860

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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